Visual artist

arthur cordier

‘I mostly think around the economy of urban spaces, and how certain questions of obsolescence, decay and growth, relate to urban economies'

Bio

Arthur Cordier (he/him), born in Leuven (Belgium). 1993. Based in The Hague and Brussels.

Medium

Since 2021 Arthur has pursued a series of landscape paintings using heavy-duty truck tarpaulin and adhesive vinyl as a contemporary reflection on advertising, highways, in other words landscape.

Career

Arthur’s work contains oppositions of growth and death, birth and expiration, creation and consumption. The plant patterns visible in the paintings are vectorized representations of advertising office plants, which he documented in his previous project titled Kunst_planten. In Dutch kunst is of course translated by art, but also by artificial or synthetic. All plants were borrowed for the duration of the exhibition from advertising offices in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Arthur Cordier (1993, Belgium) worked in an advertising agency, but he hates advertising. From the experience remained a constant interest in the study of urban and commercial trickery – also known in French as roublardise. To reveal the economical construct of urban contexts, he uses the effectiveness of commercial strategies against itself in a tautological and often parasitic manner. To a further extent he tackles the aesthetics of bureaucracy, entrepreneurship, and efficiency through relational, situational, and contextually-specific works, self-reflecting upon the economy of artistic practice in a production-driven society.
LANDSCAPE

Since 2021, he has pursued a series of landscape paintings using heavy-duty truck tarpaulin and adhesive vinyl as a contemporary reflection on advertising, highways, in other words, landscape. His work contains oppositions of growth and death, birth and expiration, creation and consumption. The plant patterns visible in the paintings are vectorized representations of advertising office plants, which he documented in his previous project titled ‘Kunst_planten’. In Dutch, “kunst” is, of course, translated as art, but also as artificial or synthetic. All plants were borrowed for the duration of the exhibition from advertising offices in Belgium and the Netherlands – which was previously shown at Hgtomi Rosa in The Hague and IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art in Eupen, Belgium. The Mondriaan Fonds has granted him with Kunstenaar Start the past year, allowing him to exhibit new works during Prospects at Art Rotterdam in 2024. Additionally, his work was recently shown at Galerie Maurits van de Laar and HEDEN Gallery, both in The Hague, as well as TORCH Gallery in Amsterdam. Alongside his artistic practice, he is a co-founder of the artist initiative and project space The Balcony. Arthur work is part of the public collection of IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art, and private collections in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Alter house collection

CONCEPTUAL TWIST

The works for Alter house’s collection are driven by a conceptual twist in language, between French, Dutch, and English, part of a larger body of works spanning over several years.