Monday, December 22, 2014

adding and subtracting

Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, a.k.a Vhils, creates some of the most moving and beautiful examples of street art today. His work is typically a relationship between the portrait and a sense of decay, as he hammers and chisels the faces of ordinary people into the crumbling façades of forgotten buildings. This summer I was lucky to catch his fantastic solo exhibition at the Museum of Electricity in Belém, that not only depicted his inspiring street pieces, but other work, also created with a process of removal.

These portraits above, layers of holes drilled into metal sheets, changed colour and mood with the various film clips played on screens behind them.

Adding and subtracting, creating through destroying.

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