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Vhils “Annihilation” at Over The Influence this Thursday at 6pm

Hong Kong based gallery Over The Influence (OTI) christens its new DTLA exhibition space with the opening of Annihilation, the Los Angeles debut solo showing of new work from Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils.

The Portuguese graffiti and street artist has been chiseling portraits into urban facades since the early 2000’s. Using bricks, plaster, torn billboards and street posters, Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils carves away layers to reveal his subjects. His Abbot Kinney wall mural, installed for the 2011 Post No Bills “European Bailout Show”, is still there and still a photo shoot fave on the Venice Beach street art walking tour.

While growing up in a suburb of Lisbon, Farto was inspired by the way city walls absorb the social and historical changes that take place around them. By employing his methods of creative destruction, he found that he could expose the beauty beneath and restore meaning to the discarded dimensions.

For these new works, Farto’s canvas extends to carved wooden doors, acid-etched metal plates, styrofoam dioramas, hand-carved billboards and newly developed concrete sculptures. OTI describes the show as such: “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.”

Opening reception: February 22, 6-9pm

Show dates: February 23 – April 1

Over The Influence
833 E 3r d Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils “Hoarding #5” courtesy of the artist and Over The Influence Gallery

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