These walls have eyes that can see you...



Forget your spray-paint and leave your posters at home. For Portuguese artists, Alexandre Farto, it's all about acid, bleach, hammers, chisels, drills and stencils. These amazing, almost 3-D like images jump off the building at the viewer, you can't help but notice. I would really love to see one in real life to feel the texture of the piece under my hands. I hope you enjoy them. I'm not feeling so well, so I'm going to leave you with some interesting Art today!! Have a great Wednesday beauties!!

xoxo


Awesome, I say! Here's what Alexandre himself has to say about it:



"The development of this line of work has essentially two bases: one is graffiti in its most destructive side, which I have been connected to for many years; the second is the stencil technique that I discovered while I was looking for new paths that allowed me to express a new way of communication. From the first one I picked up the concept of destruction as creative strength - based on this idea I developed a way of work that uses the removal, decomposition or destruction. The concept is the idea that we are made by a series of influences that shape us throughout historical layers, etc, that come from the environment where we grew up. In a very symbolic way I believe that if we remove some of these layers, showing other ones, we can bring to surface some of the stuff we left behind, forgotten things that are still part of what we are today.



Technology is changing things so quickly that we don't have enough time to think about what is changing (new layers), what is affecting us. I try to underline this process in general, my work can be seen as a kind of archaeology that tries to understand what is hidden behind things. These ideas found expression when I started to experiment with the stencil technique and understood that I could revert the process to have more impact: instead of creating while adding layers, I explored the idea of creating by removing layers. I experimented with this process using several methods - cutting clusters of posters, corroding silkscreen ink with acid, etc. - and naturally things started to gain a brutal and raw shape.



When I passed the idea to walls it was natural to work with this removal concept, this negative field. The process itself can be brutal and violent, but the result in my opinion, is expressive and poetic. The result was visibly interesting and allowed to start to incorporate the wall as one of the physical components to the intervention, unlike what happened to the painting, where the wall was a base. From there, the usage of explosives was another step that evolved after a lot of research and tests. These testing stages are something really nice to do, it's actually a pleasure, and it usually results as a main part of my work." -Alexandre Farto.


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45 comments

  1. So talented! I've never seen anything like this before. Kizzy, it's beyond amazing. To drill into material and create such beautiful artwork is genius. Thanks for sharing. I hope you feel better soon. I'm not feeling good myself. Well for the past couple of days. Glad you liked the mention my friend. :) ((hug))

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  2. t's always nice to read such thoughtful words about the creation process - his work is stunning. I'm glad I found your blog with all its lovely inspiration...following along. :)

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  3. Hope you feel better soon! Sending warm wishes your way:D And yes..this art is amazing. Love the depth and detail.

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  4. Here's hoping you feel better as soon as possible Doll, nobody likes being sick especially when Spring is just beginning to come through. As for the art, this stuff is absolutely amazing, I was awe-inspired when I seen these photos, there's quite some talent that's obviously gone behind them too.

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  5. Just wow. I've never been good at subtractive processes, so I'm in awe of anyone who can do it. That cityscape in really stunning. Hope you feel better!

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  6. I hope you feel better soon! And what talent! I love the artwork! I'd love to see that in person too.

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  7. Beyond beautiful. My hubby is a big mural-wall art enthusiast- must show him these. Thanks for sharing and feel better! x

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  8. I just love these murals! They're incredible!

    Hope you feel better soon, sweets. Rest up and take care! xoxo

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  9. oh wow these are so cool. it would be amazing to see something like this in person.

    xo erica

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  10. great! ;)


    "comment made by boy"

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  11. I love the gritty beauty of these pieces! Feel better soon my dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  12. love it!!!

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  13. Amazing! I love that people still can come up with new ways of expressing themselves. At least for me, this is the first time I've seen art being created like this. I'd love to see it in real life some day! Hope you feel better soon darlin'! xox

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  14. i can't believe those faces came from chiseling on the wall. some people are simply too talented for words.

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  15. amazing! if only i had a fraction of their talent. i am truly impressed!

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  16. wow that is just amazing!!

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  17. Wow! Lots of emotion here! So much talent - Thanks for sharing and I hope you are feeling better soon .)

    xx
    leslie

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  18. so impressive! X

    love,
    zizi: www.zizistyling.blogspot.com

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  19. wow sooo amazing!!! ive never seen anything like this before!!! just wow :D

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  20. I wish a speedy recovery for you! I wish for your spirits to be lifted just as you continue to lift your friends! These artist are amazing and I absolutely love their own words in regards to what they do, why, and how they've grown in their own journey of expression. I love buildings with art on them. Thank you for sharing!!! xoxo

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  21. These are amazing, so much talent in them. Such a great post I loved reading it and finding out more.I would be very grateful if you could like my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/newyorkdoll

    Aimee
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    xxx

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  22. These are truly amazing artworks. I love how he incorporates his designs into pre-existing settings, rather than simply painting over them. It's genius, really. xo style, she wrote

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  23. Wow, what cool artwork!
    Sarah
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  24. Wow that is truly incredible. It's amazing how some people see and do things!
    xo
    Sharon

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  25. These are fascinating! They almost seem like ghostly images emerging from the walls. xx

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  26. I have never seen anything similar to these! Fantastic my dear!
    <3

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  27. so inspirational
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  28. This is beautiful! :X

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  29. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!
    Genius stuff Kizzy - i adore it:)
    Sunshine on the way here - I can feel it.
    Axxx

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  30. I love this type of art, it is making something beautiful that was not before and finding a use for the unusable! Such a great idea!
    Daisy Dayz

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  31. Fantastic- the people who do these are so talented!

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  32. Oh my goodness Kizzie! This is amazing! I've never seen anything like it! It's almost as if the buildings were supposed to look like there were these masterpieces on them!

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  33. love the video, love the walls.

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  34. I didn't know him and he is portuguese and so talented! Loved each picture!
    He's really an artist. Thanks for sharing.

    Lau

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  35. These are seriously jaw-dropping. I wish I could see them in person! I know they would give me goosebumps!

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  36. This is outstanding! I wish there was more real art in Australia... Art that inspires and thrills!

    Hope you're having a lovely week, my dear!!
    xoxo

    p.s. I love the hearts! very cute and happy! Though I loved your very first background and the polka dots were also nice.

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  37. Wow, these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! There is so much detail in them.

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  38. honeybeeandmeonline.net15 March 2012 at 18:27

    I LOVE STREET ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    xoxo
    m

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  39. WOW! It's hard to call these artistic work as graffiti. Their work is creative, innovative and breathtaking. I've never seen anything like it before. Thank you for sharing. I'm just blown away by their talent.

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  40. Astonishing that such detail can be achieved using these methods! I knew that they were Portuguese! The street art is Lisbon is AMAZING!!!

    I think we have one of their works here in London. I saw something similar in Brick Lane. I may have blogged about it...... I need to go and link your blog post to mine now!

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  41. I wish to your husband a (belated) Joyeux Anniversaire. I hope you had a great time with your lovely girls for this event ! I wish you a speedy recovery (it's probably cured now !) I send you hugs and kisses, beautiful XXX

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