Embodying the fervent spirit of concrete music and rock and roll, 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. As an amplification of Van de Moortel’s eruptive performance work which climaxes in cathartic instrumental destruction, the 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. Yet the deft with which he treats their presentation reveals precision and a pure sense of refinement.
Joris Van de Moortel (Ghent, 1983) lives and works in Antwerp. Having graduated from the HISK (Ghent) in 2009, and residing at the Künstelerhaus Bethanien (Berlin) in 2012 and 2013, his works have been exhibited in various international institutions, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Central Museum, Utrecht; Museum Cultuur Strombeek, Grimbergen; Künsterlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Brussels; Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers and Maison des Arts, Malakoff.