Joris Van de Moortel
°1983, Ghent (BE) – lives and works in Antwerp (BE)
Embodying the fervent spirit of concrete music and rock and roll, Joris Van de Moortel’s process-driven work encompasses sculpture, painting and musical performance to explore the tension between the static nature of objects and their potential for energy.
Joris Van de Moortel’s mixed media paintings, figurative drawings and sculptures are assemblages of musical instrument fragments, neon tubing and other remnants of performance debris that, when combined, achieve an unexpected sense of harmony.
As an index of prior actions, he lays bare the permanent tension that exists between order and chaos with precision and refinement. Like Arte Povera artist Mario Merz’s use of neon, which galvanized everyday objects and fused the organic with the inorganic, Van de Moortel creates dynamic, self-contained environments and applies neon as brushstrokes that escape the contour of representation, creating a force of energy and freeing itself from the frame.
(Courtesy of Kunstenpunt)
Recent exhibitions include BOZAR, Brussels; SCAD Museum Gallery, Atlanta; Cairo International Biennale of Art; Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne; MAC’s, Grand Hornu; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunstlerhaus, Nuremberg; and National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Ghisla Foundation, Locarno and S.M.A.K., Ghent.
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Tussen 2 stoelen in de as zitten, 2018
Het Geluid, 2018
Musique Perdue at A Performance Affair, Brussels in 2018
Exhibition view of Foolhardy Boarding A Lost State of Mind at exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels in 2022
Exhibition view of The Sound of White Smoke, at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Exhibition view of Portal Art at Kunstenfestival Watout, 2021