Axel Void, aka: Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs, is in Boise this week, painting and preparing for the opening of his show “Mediocre: Rocio & Sofia” at Ming Studios on Nov. 21. Void continues his long-time creative interest in the beauty found in the situations and lives of everyday people in this solo exhibition.
The work explores the lives of two teenage girls who live in Boise through their photographs, which Void turns into large-and small-scale paintings, videos and other art forms that explore the “intra-history” of their world. It's a level of history that isn’t documented in traditional ways but that informs our collective cultural foundation, he says.
You can meet Void at a reception at Ming, 420 S. 6th St., Boise from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 21.
Void grew up in Miami, where he makes his home today. He studied classical painting in Spain and has been involved in graffiti culture since the mid-1990s. Today, he is known for large-scale murals that explore narrative and place in cities such as Berlin, Miami, Mexico City, Palermo, Brooklyn, Athens and Barcelona.
The Ming Art Center at 6th and Myrtle streets offers an international artist residency. Void is the second to visit Boise. It opened in May 2014 with German artist Uli Westphal’s “Cornucipia,” a digital photography and sculpture exhibit that explored ideas around biodiversity and the industrial food culture.
The mission of the residency is to bring artists to Boise to interact with the local arts community and to be inspired by Idaho.