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ACC - Festival 2012 - Vhils

All City Canvas

All City Canvas started in 2012, inspired by the Mexican muralist movement, as one of the most important urban festivals in the world in Mexico City. All City Canvas has evolved in its way of spreading its message and currently it is one of the most influential street culture platforms. Mural No. 6 - Artist: Vhils - Place: Mexico City - Year: 2012

Vhils 11, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
The artist
Vhils is the pseudonym of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, one of the most skilled and talented young artists on the urban art scene today. This internationally acclaimed innovator creates technically skilled portraits on the streets around the world – however, instead of only adding paint or other common street art materials onto surfaces, Vhils also carves, drills, scratches, rips and blasts his images out of architectural walls. 
Vhils 16, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Vhils 6, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
By using construction tools, Vhils exposes the surfaces of the buildings and in turn confronts the narratives of the cityscape. By using acid and bleach, he begins to carve out the canvas and create texture, layers, and different dimensions. Vhils then sculpts the image using  hammers, chisels, and rotary hammer drills. 
Vhils 10, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Vhils 13, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Vhils 15, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Vhils 17, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
The mural
The majority of his subjects are anonymous and formerly unremarkable urban citizens: "I like the idea of turning ordinary, common people into icons, to contrast this with the need people seem to have to create icons in the first place. Instead of creating icons out of people who have changed history, like what Andy Warhol was doing with Mao and others, I take an ordinary person and try and make people think about the ordinary citizens who struggle every day to make a living in contemporary society." 
Vhils 18, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas

The use of John and Jane Doe is Vhils’ response to the picture-perfect models presented by advertising is a way to humanize a cityscape by giving it an ordinary face.

Vhils detail 5, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Vhils 8, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
Vhils 9, Vhils, 2012/2012, From the collection of: All City Canvas
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