Felipe de Avila: Archaeology of the Anthropocene
OPENING EVENT: 12th January (Thursday) 6pm to 8pm
In Felipe de Ávila’s exhibition modified traces of human life and behaviour turn into dystopian strata of future. The artist’s archaeological excavations of perception of time and space lead us on a journey through the ages revealing our own primal need to survive and protect ourselves until the point of no return.
De Ávila sees art as a tool made out of different components – he combines sculpture, painting and writing using 3D printing as well as video in order to achieve the right shape for the idea behind each work. Material juxtapositions and thematic contradictions follow from one work to another, forcing us to question our endeavours in relation to geopolitical issues, energy transference, nature and her resources.
Movement and transition are sometimes barely distinguishable, like the slowly proceeding bitumen, which seeks balance over handmade bricks piled as unstable structures. 3D printed teeth buried in concrete as an everyday survival kit but also as an important source of information after the death bring us back to the questions of mortality and our fragile presence on earth.
The attempts to build walls, mould the future and slow down the process of dying seem darkly amusing and quite desperate when represented as archaeological findings in the form of drugs, ironical games and ancient objects of tradition and believe that have long lost their original meaning. Together the works in the exhibition constitute a path where nature and society are deconstructed into fragments, exposing many simultaneous but contradictory futures in this self-created material-based system already out of control.
Brazilian artist Felipe de Avila’s (b. 1982) exhibition forms the second part of his master’s thesis in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
Text: Katariina Timonen