Alexandre Farto aka VhilsDissonance

27 March - 23 April 2015
Lazarides Rathbone

Exhibition detail

Dates

27 March - 23 April 2015

Location

Lazarides Rathbone

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Lazarides Rathbone is pleased to announce a new multidisciplinary exhibition by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils. Dissonance presents a powerful response to contemporary culture and rapid urban regeneration, featuring reoccurring figurative compositions comprised of wood, billboard, metal and Styrofoam dioramas.

 

The artist's long awaited return to the UK follows Devoid, his last major collection presented at Lazarides Rathbone in 2012. The new series of dynamic work expands on themes developed throughout Farto's widely acclaimed 2014 solo exhibitions: Dissection, held at Lisbon's EDP Museum and Vestiges, showcased in Paris.

 

Dissonance explores notions of increased saturation and dilution of personal identities in contemporary urban societies, reflecting the uniformity and abstraction brought about by the current model of globalised development. The new body of work speaks of how individuals are shaped into increasingly abstract personalities by the overpowering force of the city and its visual stimuli. Unique identities are becoming lost to the dissonance that results from the chaos engendered by technology, visual communication, mass media and urban development.

 

The upcoming exhibition presents a poignant reflection on various factors that compose the contemporary urbanised world, personal identities becoming increasingly abstract, lost to the visual noise and clutter that encompass us. Farto's mixed media works highlight the stratification of urban society using a variety of contrasting mediums and complex techniques to portray each subject, illustrating the process of reciprocal shaping that lies at the heart of the relationship between the city and its inhabitants.

Exhibition works

Dissonance

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Vestige #06, 2015
191 cm x 151 cm
Torn paper, glue and emulsion

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Vestige #05, 2015
192 cm x 167 cm
Torn paper, glue and emulsion

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Lancetar #12, 2015
228 cm x 134 cm
Doors collected from the street, carved and composed

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Anagrama #05, 2015
150 cm x 100 cm
Iron plate, acid-etched, rusted and polished by hand

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Anagrama #07, 2015
150 cm x 100 cm
Iron plate, acid-etched, rusted and polished by hand

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Diorama #23, 2015
192 cm x 157 cm x 30 cm
Styrofoam hot-wire cut and pasted by hand

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Decrease #21, 2015
182 cm x 132 cm
Torn paper, glue and emulsion

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Decrease #12, 2015
180 cm x 120 cm
Torn paper, glue and emulsion

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Decrease #20, 2015
185 cm x 131 cm
Torn paper, glue and emulsion

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Imprint #08, 2015
206 cm x 104 cm
Doors collected from the street, carved and composed

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Imprint #07, 2015
230 cm x 60 cm
Doors collected from the street, carved and composed

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Tempo #03, 2015
100 cm x 70 cm
Iron plate, acide etched, rusted and polished by hand

Alexandre Farto / Vhils

Tempo #07, 2015
100 cm x 70 cm
Iron plate, acide etched, rusted and polished by hand

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