After years and years of being into graffiti, it never occurred to me how that word came to conception. What does it mean? Where did it come from? Graffiti, actually came from the Italian word ‘graffiare’ which means ‘to scratch’. In fact, during ancient roman days, they utilized this style for formal architectural decorations. If it weren’t for Thierry Furger, I wouldn’t have done my research and leave graffiti to it’s lowbrow context.
Switzerland based artist, Thierry Furger will be exhibiting a series of works at Kolly Gallery titled, “Sgraffito”. In this show, Thierry introduced quite a seminal style (that I hope will later on be seen on his future works) based upon graffiti observed on trains. Thierry utilized graffiare or scratching as a form of glorifying vandalism.
The artist’s quaint scratched-out pieces on aluminum plates was an intersection intended for visual recognition of it’s modern and ancient connotation. In a piece titled, “Sgraffito 12”, he inherently scratch bold letters that writes, “L’ESSENCE DU GRAFFITI” on a aluminum sheet painted over a brilliant bright sea green background; a color most probably used for public rail transportation especially in Europe. The artist is simply being innovative by trying to escape the commonly use of aerosol spray cans.
Read on this small interview we had with Thierry.
Interview by Mark Changco.
Art by Thierry Furger.