Diogo Machado aka Add Fuel from Portugal recently spent some time in US, working on a new pieces throughout downtown Gainesville. Invited by the curator of 352walls, Iryna Kanishcheva, he created his biggest series of works on electric boxes and a bigger wall mural.
Portuguese artist gained popularity for his recognizable interventions on electric boxes or “urban objects”. The interventions he creates on those are from a “Electrical Animal” series in which he creates an unique and specific pattern for each location he works at. Using animals that are characteristic for the region, he constructs patterns in a form of alejos, traditional Portuguese tiling. So for this particular project, he created patterns using alligators, sea turtles, walruses, mocking birds, etc. The idea of his work is to play with the eye and the idea of tradition, so his work never fully covers the original surface, giving it an effective illusion of depth. During his stay he created 9 separate interventions and one mural, mixing 7 different patterns he prepared exclusively for this project.
Check out the full series of works after the jump, along with some process shots, and come back soon for more news from around the globe.