Thierry de Cordier

Galerie Des Beaux Arts

Thierry De Cordier has produced a number of works that illustrate the manner in which quotation may be used to initiate a dialogue with the spectator. Throughout this exhibition, De Cordier refers, both implicitly and explicitly, to the work of James Ensor, René Magritte, Marcel Broodthaers, and others. These artists rejected simple classification; any finite evaluation of their work still proves to be illusory. Similarly, De Cordier’s work seems both historically-based and utterly contemporary.

For L’egale de dieu (God’s equal, 1988–89), which stood in the center of the gallery, De Cordier erected a figure that wears a large woolen cape. Its head is covered, and a metal funnel is attached to its front, representing either a mouth or a nose. A lavender sachet is pinned to its breast and the feet are composed of mud-covered roots. Reminiscent of Venetian carnival costumes, as well as Ensor’s

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