5 facts on Bordalo II

5 factos sobre Bordalo II

Who is it Bordalo II?
Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (1987), known as Bordalo II, it was famous for using streets trash to create stunning animal sculptures, with the purpose of warning people about pollution and all types of species that are endangered. From the street art he developed his practice, evolving to what is now considered as 'trash art'. His "Big Trash Animals" facilities, scattered throughout the public or museum-world-gaps on the need for socio-ecological sustainability. In the streets of his hometown, a series of works, "Proviative" and "Train Tracks", interact with fabric and urban furniture, presenting a new critical look at society, its stakeholders and conditioners. These small ephemeral interventions seek to be a vehicle of communication and awareness through art, thus addressing various topics, such as pollution, exploitation of women, media sensationalism, connectivity and control, among others.

1.Impulsive Urban Art in Lisbon
In the second part of the twentieth century, we see the explosion of urban art (street art), as a form of expression and communication of a message or brand through images, illustrations or symbols in the public space. This practice begins insistently in the seventy decade in New York, with protagonist as Jean-Michel Basquiat, who began to express their thoughts on street actions. In Portugal, after the Revolution of April 25, 1974 there was an explosion of political murals, and today the artistic graffits are sponsored by the City Council, which created the street art gallery. Bordalo II is one of the artists who has driven this boom of urban art in Lisbon. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created about two hundred animals sculptures using over 60 tons of reused materials.

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2. Untils garbage to create your works of art
The garbage, namely plastic, metal and electronic materials, became composition materials, which are transformed and shaped by the animal artist. The choice of these materials is the form of Artur Bordalo to criticize the way we live today. Waste, materialism, our own consumerism and the urgent need for sustainability are the themes addressed in his facilities. By using these objects, artists offers you a new life, a new aesthetic and communicative function. It thus represents in its animal-shaped sculptures, an image of nature that screams on the need for socio-ecological sustainability.

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3.Infortunately there is no problem getting more garbage
Artur Bordalo told how it all started in an interview with News Magazine where he said: «Unfortunately, I never have trouble getting more garbage. My good is the evil of the world. (...) I did a series of works in abandoned places, photographed and sent these images to dissemination platforms specialized in urban arts.» Bordalo II He is a constantly growing artist in terms of the proportions of his works, but also in the amount of exposures at European and American level.

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4. His grandfather is Artur Bordalo
Artur Bordalo's grandmother, Real Bordalo, painted the urban landscape of the city of Lisbon using oils and watercolors. Currently, knowing the power of art, especially in public space, the young artist transforms this landscape. His facilities, produced from garbage, give the city a new life, integrating the nature where it no longer exists. These urban visual expressions revitalize spaces making them more alive, cosmopolitan and contemporary. With a great impact as a communication agent, they became an integral part of the identity and image of cities. The animals of this young artist are currently in various urban and museum places.

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5.Influencited by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque
In a society where uncontrolled consumption and abandonment of practically new products is natural, it is necessary to talk about garbage to create solutions for this problem. From the 1960s this environmental and ecological concern was brought to the field of arts. Many artists began to produce works that questioned our own survival and the consequences of human action in natural resources. At a time when the art was thought of as belonging to a closed space, museums, galleries, houses, a growing number of artists began producing abroad. Bordalo II It grows with these concerns and conveys this unrest constantly to your works. In its facilities, artists such as Joseph Beuys, who believed that the only force capable of changing humanity and social order was artists, from human creativity was denoted from humanity and social order. But also, Marcel Duchamp's Ready-Mades, the collages of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, among other creations that transformed our perception before a work of art.

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