Heron Arts is pleased to present the ephemeral takeover by Portuguese artist, Bordalo II. This will be the artist’s first solo show in the United States and will feature a larger than life, all-encompassing installation including his signature trash animals, along with gallery pieces for sale. The work will continue to explore the themes of environmental awareness and consumerism. Bordalo II will be in attendance during the opening reception at Heron Arts on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The exhibition will be on display Saturdays from 11am-4pm or by appointment until March 24, 2018 and is free and open to the public.
Bordalo II (Artur Bordalo) was born in Lisbon in 1987. He chose the artistic name Bordalo II as a tribute to his grandfather, the famous artist, Real Bordalo. Surrounded by art his whole life, it was a natural choice for Bordalo to follow his passions and become an artist. With early beginnings in Lisbon’s underground graffiti culture, the artist continued his education by spending three years at the Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon. It was during this time that he discovered sculpture and began experimenting with different mediums.
The public space provides a playground for the artist to work at large scale and engage with the public in a more meaningful way. It is here that he is able to question and reflect on the current materialistic and consumeristic ways of life. He does so by using discarded materials, many of which harm the environment (i.e. car parts), and creates animals that are often killed and destroyed by these very materials. By using these specific elements, he hopes to shine a light on the global issue that is currently endangering all species of life: climate change.
The show will continue to explore themes of environmental awareness by using trash and discarded materials. The gallery will be transformed with multiple installations ranging in size along with pieces for sale. The entire space will be filled, with multiple installations occurring within the space.
Through the use of trash and animals, the artist hopes to question the viewer. First, animals foster an innate sense of attachment, creating a secondary opportunity to contemplate the medium employed to create them. Each piece is made by collecting from junkyards, cutting down, re-assembling, and painting.
Different series of works concentrate on specific subjects within the trash manifesto. The series the artist will explore are Big Trash Animals, World Gone Crazy, Mixed Trash Animals, Half Half Animals, Plastic Animals, & Floating Plastics. Each will be explained within the exhibition and the viewer will find themselves immersed in an experience of the world Bordalo II portrays.