Target has just turned me on to Bordalo II, an artist in Lisbon who is doing some of the coolest pieces I’ve seen this fall. There are a lot of people messing around with found materials and spraycans and that sort of stuff, but for some unexplainable reason Bordalo II stands out to me. Maybe it’s just that he’s not well known outside of Portugal, but he’d probably already have a nice career carved out for himself in London with this sort of work, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than that. He’s taking pretty standard “urban art” techniques and actually doing something interesting with them, as well as pushing found materials further than most. Here is some work from his recent show at Montanta’s Lisbon gallery, Turning the ordinary into original. Target has more images on his blog.
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