Alex Dordoy's work is concerned with the ways in which social structures -images, objects, language - at once limit and liberate the expressive individual gesture. Painting provides a tool with which found source material - usually old and tinged with nostalgia - can be transformed into subjective and materially contingent propositions. The work made for New Work Scotland Programme drew on a range of images including; wildlife footage of birds, diagrams of underwater exploration, documentary snaps of 1980's advances in microchip technology, and were treated in more or less graphic or gestural ways. New objects included a bisected photocopier, a paint-squeegeed photocopier tray, and fold out camping chairs whose metal frame and cheap blue fabric replace traditional wooden stretchers and canvas as supports for paintings.
Read about Alex Dordoy in The Scotsman
New Work Scotland Programme was an initiative launched by Collective in 2000. Through an open call, New Work Scotland Programme identified and supported some of the most promising new artists working in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to create new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. The 2008 participants were Lila de Magalhaes, Alex Gross & Sandy Smith and Alex Dordoy.
New Writing Scotland grew out of New Work Scotland Programme and was initiated in 2004 in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art's Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies, to promote creative writing about the visual arts coupled with targeted support to the exhibiting artists - providing them with them with their first artists text.
This is an archived programme entry.