We were very lucky spending the bank holiday weekend in style attending Nuart Aberdeen first edition in Scotland!
Today we share Add Fuel’s production for the Festival. The Portuguese artist Diogo Machado also known as Add Fuel reinterprets the language of traditional tile design, in particular the Portuguese azulejo (glazed tiles).
His technique of revealing and obscuring surfaces beneath or on top of existing structures and walls creates a unique optical illusion effect. From a distance his vector-based or stencil works appear to be recreating traditional motifs but are in fact brimming with pop and contemporary art references. On closer inspection it’s possible to discover a hidden world filled with humour and rendered with a masterful attention to detail. At the core of his practice is this desire to encourage the viewer to think about the history and heritage that lies beneath the facades and pavements of our cities.
To contextualise his street pieces, Add Fuel researches traditional patterns from the region in which he is working. For his participation in NuArt Aberdeen he worked with traditional Scottish patterns taken from the city of Aberdeen.
Special thanks to the entire NuArt Team and all the participating artists for making Instagrafite having such a great time. If you want to know more about Addfuel’s approach we invite you to read his interview here.
Diogo also took part in a panel debate during the Festival: ‘Traces of the Future, Memories of the Past‘. If cultural heritage is shared cultural experiences from the past collated into information to understand the present, how do we account for temporal art forms when constructing aspects of culture? Can oral histories and temporal art forms be written into our shared cultural heritage or not? Fortunately, there is enough left of Aberdeen’s built history to tell the stories of the past and re-ignite passion for local culture, but how can artists, activists and the public better ensure that traces and memories of our cities are committed to future cultural identities?
We were in for a treat with some unexpected collab. Below Add Fuel and Belgian artist Jaune brighten up the city of Aberdeen.