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Vhils Intrínseco - February

Words:

Miguel Moore & Vhils
January 19, 2018

For the first time since 2014 Vhils will exhibit in his home country of Portugal. Intrínseco is a reflection of times spent away from home, the faces and images that have left a last impression. It will be installation-based, quite unlike anything the artist has done before.

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Resorting frequently to unconventional processes and techniques in the dissection of various elements from the urban space (material and human) with the objective of examining the nature of contemporary urban societies, Alexandre Farto (b. 1987) has made the fertile complexity of the modern city the central theme of an oeuvre that has been asserting itself as a significant artistic statement on the present human condition.


Intrínseco is a reflection in the form of an installation that takes up the space of the gallery with a set of pieces produced in flexible and transparent PVC sheets suspended from the ceiling, which configure an interactive representation that enables the viewer to wander among the various scenographic components that constitute it. Each one of these pieces features a visual composition printed with various motifs – including faces, graphic and geometric patterns, urban land-scapes, or signage elements –, isolated or in dissonant agglutination.


As the arrangement of the pieces and their transparent nature allow for the ag-gregation and combination of elements depending on the viewer’s standpoint, the installation reveals itself as a mutating experience where each can form different readings with varying depths according to their own perception and placement in the scenic space. The very differentiation between the dominant black hue present in the structural compositions, and the garish colours of the signage motifs, creates another reading of contrasts where the visual clash conveys upon us the stridency of colliding stimuli to which we are constantly subjected in the public space.

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As the artist himself states:

Intrínseco is a reflection on our surface. That which is opaque and that which is transparent. What allows us to see and what allows us to absorb or be absorbed. The constant flow of influences in this day and age, in which none of the things that form us, makes us be. The emptiness of what constitutes us and forms us. The reflection of a global world that gives us so much yet in the end makes us transparent and leaves us confused. The accumulation of layers that try to form us ends up deforming us. From collectivism to individualism. Of the visceral and its relativity. Of what we renounce in the name of our comfort.”

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