“My paintings, drawings and graphics often focus on a landscape merging with figurative elements. The works revolve around displacement of meaning and contradictions – a tension between identity, time and place. The intent lies hidden behind clichés instilled by modern iconography, such as science fiction or horror.”
Tore Nørby Hansen
Tore Nørby Hansen’s impressive and detailed works present three different categories of landscape; the physical, the inner and the technological. These, while equally real, exist within different layers; layers which Tore Nørby Hansen encourages the viewer to switch between. Tore Nørby Hansen uses a language of images, an idiom, which is derived from graffiti, graphic novels, horror and sci-fi. Well known scenes from everyday life and pop cultural iconography stand side by side with strange unfamiliar machines and alien architecture.
Humanity is dependent on technology and systems, but these are fragile devices. What would happen if they were to collapse and the individual layers would blend together? Systems failure is, from Tore Nørby Hansen’s point of view, an opportunity for mankind to break out of society’s norms. In his works we might move into a dystopian world, but within this chaos one discovers that in errors there is a potential for freedom. As a result, Tore Nørby Hansen’s stunning works show both an alien, strange and technological landscape, but also the small irregularities and errors which are so characteristic for humans.