A SERIES OF NEW WORKS BY ALEXANDRE FARTO aka VHILS
OVER THE INFLUENCE GALLERY, LOS ANGELES
Opening reception: 22 February, 6-9pm
Exhibition dates: 23 February – 1 April, 2018
Annihilation marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, weaving a poetic tale of the city through the lens of his recognizable artistic lexicon. This new body of work reflects on the current model of globalized development and the forces shaping and affecting local identities around the world. Created from a variety of source materials – including carved wooden doors, acid-etched metal plates, styrofoam dioramas, hand-carved billboards, and newly developed concrete sculptures -, the work presented in Annihilation engages with the urban context. With a particular emphasis on the impact of the Los Angeles way of life. Annihilation will share the stories of urbanites who breathe vitality into the densely populated urban epicenter, resonating and reverberating with the human experience of living in a contemporary megalopolis.
“In a numbing sea of digital screens and pixels, Vhils’ street art and fine art demonstrate that literal and symbolic depth still matter. Vhils’ art is graphically alluring and viscerally tactile but also existentially provocative because of his simultaneous creation and destruction. I’m inspired by Vhils’ work ethic which is manifested in his masterful command of so many techniques and mediums. Vhils is creating sophisticated work for an artist at any age, but especially for such a young guy.”
Annihilation will also be the launch exhibition for Over The Influence Los Angeles, an impressive 7,000 square foot gallery in the city’s Arts District. This LA space is an expansion of Over The Influence Hong Kong, which was established in 2015 on Hong Kong’s historic Hollywood Road. Guy Rusha, Gallery Director comments; “It’s a very exciting time to be opening in Los Angeles. We can’t wait to be a part of such a vibrant and growing art scene, and look forward to introducing Alexandre Farto’s bodies of works for his first solo exhibition in America.”
Over The Influence, 833 E 3rd Street Los Angeles CA 90013