We last saw Portuguese artist Vhils aka Alexandre Farto on the streets of London back in the summer of 2014 when the artists created the above piece in the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve for the Phytology* Project (covered here). Later this week sees the artist return of to Lazarides Gallery in London to present a new body of multidisciplinary work featuring figurative compositions comprised of wood, billboard, metal and Styrofoam dioramas.
Alexandre Farto 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. For this his first London show since 2012, Dissonance will showcase the ultimate culmination of his ideas initiated and developed in his last two solo exhibitions in 2014: Dissection, held at Lisbon's EDP Museum and Vestiges, showcased in Paris.
"I first saw Alex's work back in 2007 and was totally floored. Here was this crazy Portuguese kid, doing these mad portraits on the street by chopping out bits of walls. It was one of the most innovative techniques I'd ever seen. It has been a pleasure to see how much he has come on from those early days to his most recent museum show in Lisbon. Long may it continue." — Steve Lazarides
Dissonance at Lazarides Gallery opens to the public on Friday 27th March with a privte view the evening before on the Thursday 26th March, 6- 9pm. The exhibition will then continue at the space from 27th March until the 23rd April 2015.
Lazarides Rathbone, 11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR