A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ALEXANDRE FARTO aka VHILS
DANYSZ GALLERY, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Opening reception with the artist: 23 March, 4pm – 7pm
Exhibition dates: 24 March – 25 May 2019
“Realm” is a unique exhibition featuring the use of a single medium worked with the author’s signature bas-relief wall carving technique. Shanghai is the second iteration of this exhibition after it was first showcased at CAFA Art Museum in Beijing (under the title “Imprint”), back in 2017. Showing together portraits and street scenes, “Realm” gives us a deep humanistic vision of the cities where the artist created the pieces. Revealing how important it is for the artist to feed off the environment he is reflecting on, the exhibition at Danysz gallery features a set of pieces created and exhibited in Beijing alongside new works directly inspired by the city of Shanghai and its inhabitants, establishing a dialogue between the two cities. “Realm” is a museum-like large-scale installation that offers an immersive experience for the visitor who can stroll around this labyrinth.
“Realm” marks Vhils’ return to China, a country the world-renowned Portuguese visual artist has been frequently visiting and working in since 2012. The exhibition opens on 23 March and is on view until 25 May at Danysz gallery.
Fully focused on the works created during his stays in Beijing and Shanghai, this solo exhibition aims at being representative of the lives and the people of these cities. The works seek to reflect something of the essence of these cities in the deepest way.
Despite the repetition and uniformity of the material used (basic plaster boards that can be found on construction sites all around the world), Vhils manages to give each of his bas-relief carved portraits – either contemplative, or mysterious –, a life and strength of their own. By bringing them together in the same space, he suggests that each feeds on the other and their environment to eventually compose a community together.
Residue Series, 2017 | Imprint - Beijing | Installation view
Photo: José Pando Lucas
Imprint | Beijing, 2017
Photo: Fernando Guerrra
FESTIVAL IMINENTE PRESENTS SHOWCASE IN SHANGHAI
THURSDAY, 21 MARCH – 10PM TO 4AM at LE BARON
In the scope of Vhils’ solo show at Danysz gallery, Festival Iminente (curated by Vhils & Underdogs) will be presenting a showcase at Le Baron on Thursday, 21 March, with the vibes of DJ Marfox, Shaka Lion, and DJ collective Yeti Out. Admission is free of charge, upon reservation through: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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