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ENTROPY: ALEXANDRE FARTO AKA VHILS. Editions Alternatives, Editions Gallimard, Paris, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, Easthampton. 264 pp. with 243 col. ills. 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 9782072570193 In English.
Publisher's description: Entropy, from the Greek 'entrope', the action of transforming itself at random... For the first monograph in English of the Portuguese artist, Alexander Farto--aka Vhils--it is an emblematic title indeed. The artist's aim, in carving portraits of anonymous persons on the degraded walls of our modern cities, is not only to give a second life to these abandoned mural supports but also to bring to light ordinary citizens roughly treated by a society progressing at a fast speed and leaving them out. Hence, in giving visibility to things and beings whose elimination is programmed, Vhils explored a new creative path. Giving up the graffiti, he doesn't use the wall as the simple support of his art expression anymore but reaches for the very essence of it. His tools are now the chisel, the jackhammer, even some explosive devices, but no longer the aerosol, to successively reveal the various strata hidden under the surface of the wall and generating human figures hollowed or in relief. But Vhils also works indoors using metal, wood, polystyrene or cork, testing out a new technique each time, like laser scraping the 'crust' of layered advertising posters for the purpose of creating strange palimpsests from which urban shapes and human faces appear here again.
Artist(s):Vhils; Farto, Alexandre
Indexing: Western, Europe — Portugal — Post-2000 — Several Media — Street Art
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 163876
Hardcover $39.99x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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