Thierry Furger “SGRAFFITO” at Kolly Gallery
SGRAFFITO (Solo Show) March 9 – April 8, 2017
“Scratching is an aesthetic form of vandalism”
The Kolly Gallery is looking forward to present the most recent pieces of Thierry Furger in his exhibition entitled Sgraffito from March 9 to April 8, 2017.
Observing Thierry Furger’s artworks the viewer realizes that Graffiti is not only an art movement but also an important piece of culture with a social significance for the society of the 21st century. Bold letters and tags with a clear message using old school rap citations from the 1990s are carved into the monochromatic high gloss surface of aluminium plates. The precisely chosen colors of the unicolored plates additionally have their own meaning, which is linked to the international rail transportation. In this exhibition Thierry Furger is intensively working with the medium of language, a typical characteristic originating form Graffiti culture. Sgraffito coming from the Italian word „graffiare“ which translated means „to scratch“, is an antique technique of decorating house walls, which was popularized during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century. Scratchiti is a form of Graffiti that is scratched into a wall or another surface in public place. Since the 1980s Scratchiti can be found on walls, trains, metal or glass surfaces allover international metropoles. Different than spray paint the carved underground cannot be cleaned, but will remain immortalized over time. Moreover the act of deliberately scratching and harming the surface takes full physical exertion. The raw and rough surfaces of the artworks in the exhibition Sgraffito shows an aesthetic form of vandalism. Adding the monochromatic and silver scratched look their appearance is timeless.
In this remarkable exhibition of Thierry Furger the technic of scratching is newly reenacted, which leads to a high level show in Contemporary aswell as Urban Art regarding aestethic processes. Nevertheless the bold an clear statements on the artworks remain accessible to the public.
Color fades but Sgraffito lasts eternally.
March 9 to April 8, 2017 at the Kolly Gallery in Zurich.
Kolly Gallery, Seefeldstrasse 56, 8008 Zürich