Alex Dordoy aims to expand the traditional flatness of painting and image-making by producing works that explore beyond the limits of the canvas or page and move into the three-dimensional physical world. He makes work across a variety of media including painting, printmaking, wall drawing and sculpture – often blurring the boundaries between each with a playful, innovative and experimental approach to materials.
He is interested in the interplay between the physical and virtual worlds and the combining of new digital technologies with traditional materials. Sourcing material from the Internet, as well using his own photography, Dordoy uses computer programs such as Photoshop® to create multi-layered and complex collages. He manipulates and layers images, patterns and motifs until resemblance to, and understanding of, the original sources are lost. These constructed images are then transferred onto handmade objects, directly onto gallery walls or meticulously transformed into large-scale paintings.
Folded, Unfolded, Sunk and Scanned is a series of individually cast and sequentially numbered sculptural works that Dordoy has made over recent years. They are produced in Jesmonite® and resemble a delicate, unfolded paper aeroplane. Manipulated images are applied onto the surface through a process of transfer printing. The rich colour and detail from the print is absorbed into the setting Jesmonite®, completing the transition from digital information to object.
Alongside working with digital technologies, Dordoy has continued to find fascination in painting. Milk and Silk (2013) is taken from two found images that the artist has transformed into a flattened lenticular, an image that changes as you look at it from different angles. One section of the coloured bands is a distorted image of Caster Semenya (a South African middle-distance runner who has appeared in several works by Dordoy), intersected by a black-and-white image of an outstretched hand holding a lit candle, the melting wax pouring over the side of the palm. The artist has accurately reproduced his digital composition onto the canvas, fusing the immediacy of modern technology with the traditional, time-consuming processes involved in painting.