The Zurich based Kolly Gallery have announced an upcoming Thierry Furger solo show entitled Here to Stay. Kolly Gallery, that specialises in promoting the worlds of street art and graffiti, will present a series of works in Here to Stay that demonstrate the artists roots that were developed in true street style by creating graffiti on trains that he has managed to transfer successfully to studio works. The Kolly Gallery upcoming exhibition by Thierry Furger explores the very nature of outdoor graffiti and street art with the energy involved in creating the works versus the temporary nature of such pieces due to natural process and the efforts to remove the works by man. The Kolly Gallery has been home to successful exhibitions such as the recently finished Past & Future group exhibition (that included Mist, SupaKitch, Smash 137 and Tilt), a solo show by MadC (Mad in Zurich) and the Cryptation show by JonOne.
The Kolly Gallery upcoming exhibition by Swiss born artist Thierry Furger presents a number of beautifully crafted paintings that sit on the edge of graffiti calligraphy and abstract representations that appear as if they have been sat on a wall outside and exposed to the elements for a number of years. This type of disintegration is one of the paramount aspects to the work of Furger as he explores the techniques of graffiti artists and the constant battles with both nature and the aggressive use of cleaning solvents that attack the works and alter them over time. The life of an outdoor work of art is ephemeral and transient, affected by any number of conditions that the Thierry Furger solo exhibition, Here to Stay, aims to capture through a series of works that display the development, transience and materiality of street art. You can take a look at some images of Furger’s work in this TNT video and read the article It Was All a Dream about his photography work that explores the same themes as Here to Stay.
For the Kolly Gallery upcoming exhibition, Thierry Furger aimed to capture the spontaneity and raw power of expression that he feels from creating street and graffiti art and pair it with the complex and aggressive situation that exists in the constant race for visibility between the street artists and the cleaners who both have their own ideas about the use of public space. The works for this Thierry Furger solo show were deliberately created under adverse conditions of the artists own making which involved working in a barn without electricity or running water while also putting himself under strict time limits and working in low light conditions that enabled the works to be created quickly and was also a deliberate ploy to stop himself from working on the paintings in detail to improve them.
The techniques for creating the works involved using paint residue for the initial typefaces and colour compositions that are then attacked with ‘graffiti killer’ (cleaning solvents), wild gestures wiping layers away while the forms dissolve and drip, creating art works that appear to have the battle scars of street art and graffiti. The works of art in the Kolly Gallery upcoming exhibition stand alone as beautifully weathered individual pieces and as a group of works it perfectly captures the development, transience and materiality of street art and graffiti. For more graffiti writing inspired art take a look at Martin Whatson in RexRomae invites Martin Whatson and Stohead in Stohead: Now.
The Thierry Furger solo show, Here to Stay, opens at Kolly Gallery, Zurich, 5th March, 2015 and runs through until 6th April, 2015.
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All images courtesy of Kolly Gallery.