REVEAL: APRIL 15th 2011, 7:00 - 11:00
The BLDG is pleased to announce the arrival and residency of urban contemporary art phenom Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, April 4, 2011. Vhils intends to travel the Tri-state area to get a flavor of local culture and customs, collecting resources for an outdoor installation where he will fashion his piece into an urban structure. Additionally, he will collaborate with BLDG founder Mike Amann to produce limited edition pieces. Amann has unique relationships with artists working in this genre. He finds that they enjoy the authenticity of local people and places, experiencing Americana very differently here than other destinations. “The artists really connect here. They experience our place and carry it forward. Who would have thought, contemporary works referencing Skyline Chili and Makers Mark would be hanging in renowned galleries in Europe.“

While at the BLDG Vhils will encourage visitors to engage and experience his creative processes and to learn the visual language of his art. A process reveal demonstrating the intricacy and sequence of the artist’s technique will be open for public viewing on April 15, 7:00-11:00 PM at the BLDG, 30 West Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky.

The BLDG is working closely with the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, one of the nation's oldest and most celebrated contemporary art institutions, to expand the reach and impact of Vhils’ residency. “It is amazing to have an acclaimed artist of Vhils importance in residence and to have the opportunity to coordinate an installation of his work as part of the CAC’s public art projects for the exhibition Keith Haring: 1978-1982.” During the run of that exhibition, the CAC will be executing public art projects with various contemporary street artists from around the world, bringing into view Haring's legacy as a precursor to contemporary street art.

IN RESIDENCE: “Vhils in studio at The BLDG” - April 4 through April 17, 2011

Vhils and BLDG working closely with CAC in support of Public Art Project - April 7-14, 2011

Vhils process reveal open for public viewing at the BLDG - April 15, 2011, 7PM to 11PM

Vhils Mural