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STEVE LAZARIDES TO OPEN A TEMPORARY FAIRGROUND

The London art dealer Steve Lazarides plans to open a very different kind of fair at the end of next April. The former representative of the street artist Banksy is due to build a temporary funfair on a ten-acre site next to the O2 arena in southeast London.

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The functioning fairground, which will be designed by artists,  will include a wall of death, carousel, shooting ranges, music acts and gourmet street food, but it will also act as “one big performance piece”, Lazarides says. There will also be an over-18 section for adults.

Around 20 artists, musicians and performers are due to participate including the Parisian photographer JR, Robert Del Naja of the music group Massive Attack and the DJ and producer James Lavelle, who is co-organising the show with Lazarides. “I wanted to include people who have pushed the boundaries of culture,” Lazarides says.

JR is due to create a giant snow globe; while the Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (who goes by the name of Vhils) plans to carve a face into the ground that will double as a maze.

Tickets will cost around £15 and the fairground has a maximum capacity of 5,000. None of the works will be for sale, according to Lazarides, who says that he hopes to recoup costs via ticket sales. There are also plans to send a core element of the fair on a tour around the world, possibly starting in the Middle East.

Knight Dragon, the company that is developing the Greenwich Peninsula where the fair will be installed, and the events and festivals firm Vision Nine are supporting the project, which is expected to cost in the region of £1m.

Inspired by traditional British fairgrounds such as Bartholomew’s Fair, which was established in London in the 12th century, this is Lazarides’s most ambitious project to date. The dealer previously transformed the Old Vic Tunnels into immersive installations during Frieze week in October. “The fairground idea has been 25 years in the planning,” Lazarides says. “It’s time to bring some fun to town.

via The Art Newspaper.

ALEXANDRE FARTO AKA VHILS Video on the Making of DISSECTION

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Alexandre Farto also known as VHILS just wrapped up an important 3month exhibition in Portugal titled, ‘DISSECTION’ curated by João Pinharanda for the EDP Foundation. Watch the video and check out his striking landmark exhibition:

“Dissection aims to be an in-depth reflection on the urban space, taking as starting point several of the structural elements that compose it. The artist’s intention is to establish a progressive path through several interconnected environments purposefully built in the museum’s space which enables the viewer to experience the passage from a dimension of noise, chaos and visual saturation – expressing life in contemporary cities – to a neutral setting where he proposes to conduct a methodical dissection of those same urban elements with recourse to the unconventional media and destructive techniques which he has been exploring in his work.

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Objects inherent to the urban space which speak of life in the cities are here recontextualised and neutralised with white, eliminating contrasts, details and other characterising marks capable of distracting the viewer. This reflection enables to highlight the essential contained in the elements worked by Vhils through a practice of dissection following different cutting typologies that allow for a comprehensive view of the whole, free of interferences.

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This operation of neutralisation permits a clinical, distanced reading, a critical de-composition which enables the unveiling of what lies beneath the several layers that compose these familiar elements which we face daily in a benumbed, unresponsive way. By confronting the viewer with this act of methodical separation, Dissection aims to foster a better understanding of the reality of the contemporary city and the complex web of reciprocal influence which gives form and substance to the relationship between it and its inhabitants.” – João Pinharanda

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Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS

Portuguese graffiti/street artist, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils continues to leave his foot print around the world, carving massive portraits and poignant murals that challenge our perceptions of 2-dimensional street art.  His laborious techniques of carving directly into the walls brings forth beautifully executed murals that defy our expectations of what murals and street art can be.  We follow his journey around the world and revisit some of his works on today’s post. alexandrefarto streetart upperplayground citrusreport05 Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS wall carving wall art vhils upper playground street art portrait Mural etching clockwork boat Alexandre Farto alexandrefarto streetart upperplayground citrusreport02 Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS wall carving wall art vhils upper playground street art portrait Mural etching clockwork boat Alexandre Farto alexandrefarto streetart upperplayground citrusreport03 Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS wall carving wall art vhils upper playground street art portrait Mural etching clockwork boat Alexandre Farto alexandrefarto streetart upperplayground citrusreport04 Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS wall carving wall art vhils upper playground street art portrait Mural etching clockwork boat Alexandre Farto alexandrefarto streetart upperplayground citrusreport06 Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS wall carving wall art vhils upper playground street art portrait Mural etching clockwork boat Alexandre Farto     alexandrefarto streetart upperplayground citrusreport01 Converting massive walls to beautiful portraits by VHILS wall carving wall art vhils upper playground street art portrait Mural etching clockwork boat Alexandre Farto