El artista que transforma los impersonales anuncios de moda en algo monstruoso; una critica total a la sociedad en la que vivimos inmersos…
Tranformarse, transformar… algo necesario e inprescindible en nuestra vida si buscamos evolucionar y crecer. Cuando presencio el trabajo del artista español Vermibus me maravillo por la fuerza que proyecta, por el impacto que tiene en mi, ( y me consta que en muchos otros ), por la critica que representa al entorno y a parte del mundo en el que vivimos inmersos, que nos rodea mas allá de nuestra voluntad.
Text below edited from a blog entry by Florence Reidenbach.
Vermibus’ art begins and ends in the street, which plays an essential role. People stop, stare, are intrigued, take photos. Publicity adverts show perfectly chiseled bodies and faces like in early ancient Egyptian art. By manipulating the image through removing the flesh of his subjects, Vermibus dehumanizes those figures that were already depersonalized, but he is, in fact trying to find the aura of the individual, the personality that was lost. The posters and models that were so banal, are not so trivial anymore. People notice them, and stop to look at them. They are not part of the background anymore; they stand out in the public space.
The gesture of erasing the images with solvent is similar to the gesture of painting, but it is painting counter action. The process is the same, but it is not adding colours on a canvas to create an image, it is removing the colors of an existing photographic image to create a new image and new characters. The models of the adverts have mutated. Some look like ghosts or mummies, some are reminiscent of Francis Bacon’s paintings, some of tribal make-up.
This process evokes voodoo art which uses human elements like hair, or teeth to create anthropomorphic sculptures. In this context, Vermibus uses “glossy paper” as his flesh to manipulate. There is something very organic about the emaciated creatures that emanate from the billboards. The impersonal and sanitized perfect bodies have turned into shadows or mummies that have much more presence and singularity.