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Collector's Edition - AZ198 - Square One

Type:9 x 9 Inches 240 Pages Full Color Softcover Book with Acrylic Display Case
Size:1 Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Ceramic Tile
Release:March 07, 2018
Run of:25
Auth:This RUN comes signed and numbered by Add Fuel.
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This RUN includes: The last available edition of the Square One AZ198 Collector's Edition including: (1) signed and numbered book with an acrylic display case and (1) Signed and numbered ceramic tile.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Add Fuel is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Diogo Machado (b. 1980). A former graphic designer, his recent artistic practice has been focused on reinterpreting and playing with the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular. Blending traditional and contemporary elements, his original vector-based designs and stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. Based on a combination of tessellations that create balance from symmetrical repetitions and visual illusion techniques such as trompe- l'œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions create a poetic rhythm that plays with the viewer's perception and the possibilities of interpretation.

Find more by Add Fuel at addfuel.com.

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ABOUT Add Fuel:
Add Fuel is Portuguese visual artist Diogo Machado (b. 1980).

With a degree in Graphic Design from Lisbon's IADE – Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing, he spent a few years working in design studios in Portugal, followed by an eight-month stint in Munich, Germany. Since 2007, he has been focusing exclusively on his artistic work.

Starting out under the full name Add Fuel to the Fire, he first created a dark yet exuberant visual universe populated by a cast of slimy, eccentric and joyful creatures, influenced by a variety of interests ranging from video games to comics, animation, sci-fi, designer toys, and urban visual culture.

In 2008, fascinated with the aesthetic possibilities of symmetrical patterning and tessellations, he shortened his moniker to Add Fuel and began redirecting his focus towards working with and reinter- preting the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular. Effortlessly blending these two seemingly-irreconcilable visual idioms, his current practice seeks to combine traditional decorative elements with contemporary visual referents into new forms that reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. If, on the face of it, his work in small and medium sized tile panels, large-scale stencil and freehand painted murals, and print editions might seem simply a pastiche of classic formalism, a closer inspection rewards the viewer with a chaotic world of unequivocally original motifs and characters brimming with deep emotions.

Creating balance and harmony from symmetrical repetitions, a build-up of layers and techniques of visual illusion such as trompe-l'œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions produce a poetic rhythm that plays with the viewer's perception and the (multiple) possibilities of interpretation.

Exploring a wide range of both manual and digital techniques in the fields of drawing, painting, ceramics, and printing, his practice expresses a sophisticated dialogue between the old and the new, between heritage and modernity.

Besides the numerous public art interventions he has been creating in various countries, he has also been showcasing his work in solo and group exhibitions in reputed galleries and museums.

Diogo Machado lives and works in Cascais, Portugal.
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