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VHILS | "Lacerate 15"

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VHILS
"Lacerate 15"
2014
Hand-carved on wood
190 x 76 cm

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VHILS


Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (1987) has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early 2000s. His groundbreaking carving technique – which forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface project and was first presented to the public at the VSP group exhibition in Lisbon in 2007 and at the Cans Festival in London the following year –, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the streets in the last decade. This striking form of visual poetry, showcased around the world in both indoor and outdoor settings, has been described as brutal and complex, yet imbued with a simplicity that speaks to the core of human emotions. An ongoing reflection on identity, on life in contemporary urban societies and their saturated environments, it explores themes such as the struggle between the aspirations of the individual and the demands of everyday life, or the erosion of cultural uniqueness in the face of the dominant model of globalised development and the increasingly uniform reality it has been imposing around the world. It speaks of effacement but also of resistance, of destruction yet also of beauty in this overwhelming setting, exploring the connections and contrasts, similarities and differences, between global and local realities.
Vhils grew up in Seixal, an industrialised suburb across the river from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and was deeply influenced by the transformations brought on by the intensive urban development the country underwent in the 1980s and 1990s. He was particularly inspired by the way city walls absorb the social and historical changes that take place around them. Applying his original methodsof creative destruction, Vhils digs into the surface layers of our material culture like a contemporary urban archaeologist, exposing what lies beyond the superficiality of things, restoring meaning and beauty to the discarded dimensions buried beneath. An avid experimentalist, he has been developing his concept of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media – from stencil painting to wall carvings, from pyrotechnic explosions to 3D modelling, from installation to music videos – which have enabled him to expand the boundaries of visual expression. His unique approach and artwork have been garnering critical acclaim around the world.

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​Vhils
葡萄牙藝術家。他開創性刨刮表面的雕刻技法,於2007年里斯本的VSP聯展上第一次公開,隔一年在倫敦坎城影展中展出。近十年來被視為最吸睛的街頭藝術創作手法之一。Vhils深受1980~1990年代城市轉型的影響,城市牆面汲取社會與歷史改變之事特別啟發他。Vhils如同當代城市的考古學者,挖掘我們物質文化的表面層,揭露表層膚淺之事,將深義與美麗歸還給被拋棄於地底下的維度。他獨特的手法與藝術作品已累積來自世界各地的讚譽好評。

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