Dirk Vorndamme | The world is Not Enough
The artist's largest work to date, measuring 2 x 2 meters, is located in a completely black-washed room. In the middle right in front of the entrance on the floor is a cross with the inscription: "RIP Mother Earth". Mama Terra is semiotically buried here. Behind it, as if it were floating, is the collage part of the art installation. Everything is skillfully and dramatically accented with light. The collaged piece of the work, which clearly presents the world and a crawling skeleton on it, is made of several layers of posters. The human skeleton in particular consists of several layers of paper in order to bring more depth and plasticity to the work.
For several years now, the poster has been the material from which Dirk Vorndammes art mainly consists and thus illustrates his love for this material. The artist finds these thick layers of posters, which always form the starting point of his works, on the street. Once he has found a suitable billboard and got it off the street, he thinks about the format the work should have, which motif he would like to use and then starts with a pencil sketch. He then paints, builds, stacks and tinkers the rest into a poster-wall picture. Due to the inherent surface structure of the posters with the bumps, they give each image a uniqueness. uses for his pictures Dirk Vorndamme the back of the posters, as they have a neutral and monochrome white or gray color and can therefore be processed better. On the other hand, the front pages announce past concerts, festivals, cultural events, meetings and much more. So they are not only the substances for the individual works of art, but also colorful testimonies from times past. For this reason they are mirrors of social conditions and important sources for understanding a certain time. Unfortunately, in the increasingly digitized world, posters are becoming increasingly rare, which is why the material is gradually disappearing from the streets; At least the too thick layers of posters glued on top of each other, some of which are already detaching from the substrate by themselves. Otherwise works Dirk Vorndamme gladly and quite classically with brush and paint. You can often still see the hatching of the brushstrokes in his work. He prefers bright colors such as turquoise, purple and pink and loves manual craftsmanship. For example, he does not use computer-based techniques.
The Dirk Vorndammes art mix exciting aspects. In the contextualized exhibition environment of the OZMs arises z. B. the following question: Are the artist's works to be attributed to street art or rather not? On the one hand he clearly uses a material (poster) that comes from the street. On the other hand, his works are neither created there nor exhibited in urban space. He's never done that before. However, through the use of the material poster, which is usually a sheet of paper or fabric printed with text and an image and conveys a message, Vorndamme's art refers to the public environment of the street, even if it can be seen inside an exhibition building is. Until the mass distribution of television (around 1970), the poster was one of the most important advertising media. Since then it has changed very little. Then as now, it is often printed in large numbers on paper, is large, colorful, conspicuous, contains images and text in the most meaningful arrangement possible and wants to communicate something. These components are in the collaged part of The world is Not Enough clear to see. Even if the format of the work is not the classic one of a poster, it is large and clearly visible. It is also colorful and contains both motifs and writing. Likewise, the statements conveyed by the work of art are clear and self-explanatory, even if they cannot be found at first glance. The artist (sender) cannot be XNUMX% sure whether his message will reach the individual visitor (recipient). Whether the work of Dirk Vorndamme assigned to street art cannot be clearly clarified. What is certain, however, is that he produces art in the style of street art.
"It's not easy with the negative. You have to deal with the negative. With the positive you just have to look.” (Dirk Vorndamme, 2013)
The artist cordially invites the visitors to enter the installation, to move around the space, to walk around the sculptural part of the work, to touch it carefully and to look for the written words. It's not a pleasant subject Dirk Vorndamme with his work of art OZM HAMMERBROOKLYN treated. But the artist's primary concern isn't to teach people otherwise. First and foremost, he wants to get rid of his own demons and fears. He thinks it's beautiful when people change through his art, but that's not the first thought he has when making his works. But the exhibition, which the artist sees as a pictorial representative of the “Fridays for Future” movement, is a definite reminder. Art is able to touch people in a different way than the usual political discourse in newspaper articles, commentaries or television, for example, does. If necessary, the emotional power of an image proves to be stronger than the intellectual default of the viewer. Art has an impact on how certain things are viewed. That makes them unique. For Dirk Vorndammewho has their own point of view and expresses it publicly, art is a great tool to present it. And finally, one should not forget that laws are man-made. In other words, they are imperfect and subject to change.