On 3 May the Saatchi Gallery
will open Fliegen onhe Flügel, an exhibition of new works by the emerging artist Jean-Philippe Dordolo, in the Prints & Originals Gallery. Jean-Philippe Dordolos work plays with the idea of representation, figuration and gesture. His approach is as humorous as it is complex and layered. His works range from made objects and drawings; and extend further into performance. His influences and processes cross-reference each other and borrow a variety of ideas - from art history to culture at large.
The exhibition Fliegen ohne Flügel ('Flying without Wings) features a series of wall works exploring the reverse process of mark-making. The works refer to certain traditions in painting such as portraiture, still life and landscape.
The artist has created trompe-loeil cast objects made of a single block of polymer compound. With their form moulded from the back of a stretched canvas, the process is essentially the reverse to that of a painting. The foreground is applied first before the artist painstakingly works his way toward the background of the image. The medium is unforgiving since it sets fast. Unlike with traditional painting, mistakes cannot be fixed or covered. The final image is revealed once all layers have been applied and the cast painting is extracted from its mould. The reversal of perspective and process in Dordolos work aims to question preconceived ideas of how we make and perceive art: how it is viewed and disseminated.
With his series of smaller cast paintings Politiks, Dordolo borrows from still life and addresses his interest in monotony and the everyday. The works describe a range of unlikely tableware compositions at a dinner table, and the potential disengagement of the choreographer from the scene. Jesters and Comedia dell Arte figures are another recurring motif, showing the influence of Italian painter Giandomenico Tiepolo.
Jean-Philippe Dordolo (b. 1981 Orange, France) studied his BA at Byam Shaw / Central St Martins, London (UK). He has exhibited nationally and internationally at The Cut, Halesworth, Centrum, Berlin, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Bermondsey Project, London, Bohunk Institute, Nottingham, AIR Archway, London, Art First Projects, London, Large Glass, London, amongst others. Residencies include: Centrum, Berlin, Triangle Workshop, NY, Micro Residency, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Vinyl Site / Vinyl Art Space, Birmingham, and Ambit Drawing Residency, Norfolk (UK). He is currently carrying out his MFA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art, London.