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OPENING DAYS/TIMES:

WEDNESDAY 12:00-18:00
THURSDAY 12:00-18:00
FRIDAY 12:00-18:00
SATURDAY 13:00-17:00




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The gallery is closed as we are working on our next exhibition. Mixed Messages a solo show by Pablo Tomek is opening on November 23, we are looking forward to seeing you soon.


FUTURE


   

2017.11.23


 


MIXED MESSAGES
WORKS ON PAPER

A solo show by PABLO TOMEK

OPENING: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2017. TIME 17:00-21:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 21

EXTRA EVENT: PABLO TOMEK - ARTIST-TALK AT GÖTEBORGS STADSBIBLIOTEKET
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017. TIME 18:00-19:30.


Graffiti is a language conveyed in an illegal act which subtends an intrinsic idea of freedom and appropriation that transcends and questions the common rules of society. Albeit - and on the contrary of common beliefs - Graffiti is also a world of very strict rules. Soon after its early days, this culture shaped itself into a very hierarchical and rigid set of commandments: from the definitions of “kings” and “toys” to what should be a “tag”, what a “throw-up” and what a “piece” and how they should interact in the streets. 

Especially in recent years, some of these rigidities have been questioned from the inside by a number of young practitioners. Particularly in Europe - these sparse individuals and “crews” started diverse practices which radically began to extend and challenge the possibilities of graffiti as a language. Among the key players and pioneers in this wave of changes we surely find Pablo Tomek and his crew PAL.

Pablo Tomek is not an artist coming from graffiti, he is a graffiti writer and an artist. The two practices proceed in parallel, in osmotically interacting ways: his art affects his graffiti, questioning the form and aesthetic of his tags and pieces, while his experience of the streets fuels his studio work with concepts and approaches otherwise unthinkable. In his art practice, he borrows tools, materials and supports from street workers. Sponges - as the ones used by workers to cover up windows - take the place of brushes, glass substitutes canvases while stained protective plastic (the ones normally placed on floors when painting) and found objects take the place of sculptures.

It’s not a simple switch in materials we are witnessing in Tomek’s work. It feels that this passage holds something more conceptual and complex than a stylistic idea. We find in this artistic endeavour a strong connection to a blue-collar’s approach, to humble but mastered skills and the effectiveness learned by endless repetition. It is not a coincidence then that in graffiti the achievements of a “writer” mostly come from reiterate exercise and practice, which is what allow to combine style, effectiveness and quickness together.

Elevating practical skills to art creates a turn in perspective, which brings down the theoretical substantiation of an artist’s practice while exalting the quality of art as a practice humbly rooted into hard work. Tomek’s art is able to bring not only this refreshing approach but also the actual street, with its workers’ tools and aesthetics, inside the elitist space of a gallery. He achieves this through artworks which are immediate and thoughtful at once, able to make us rediscover the poetry of gesture and its capacity to convey feelings and emotions. 

The expressiveness of gestures is what the French artist pointed out in many occasions as striking him especially in the sponged windows you can see so often in French cities. In his opinion the stroke used to apply paint to cover windows involuntarily channels a feeling - or an energy - that comes from the person executing the work. It is no surprise then that Tomek’s paintings and works on paper have been often connected to abstract expressionism, as the rough force and powerful gesture behind their execution clearly speaks an intimate language through abstract communication.

In Mixed Messages the French artist will bring for the first time his art to Sweden giving us the possibility to explore this complex practice. A new series of monotypes on paper will convoy his latest experiments, mixing his abstract works with hints of figuration which he describes as coming from the walls and his experience of the city. This show and the works in it will allow us to step inside Pablo Tomek’s artistic realm which extends from the studio space to the worksite landscapes of the ever-growing and over-gentrified French capital. An artistic landscape which is intimate, puzzling and attractive at once and that in Tomek’s hands has become the right lever to splendidly overthrow the rules of both worlds of graffiti and art.


Pablo Tomek was born in 1988 in Paris. Originating in graffiti, which he practises experimentally and illegally with his group PAL the French artist is surrounded in a aura of mystery. His first experiences with art took place outside of art academies, but in the street as a self-taught graffiti artist. In the studio, the artist has taken his practice further: he now examines the bonds between the heritage of graffiti and abstract expressionistic painting, while also misappropriating the techniques and aesthetics of manual work with a thought provoking and poignant practice which includes painting, murals, experimental publications and installations. Pablo Tomek’s work has been presented at several solo and group shows: at the Galerie du Jour Agnès B. in Paris (“Etat des Lieux”, 2013), The Frac Nord - Pas de Calais (“Toy”, 2014), at the HLM in Marseille (“Honte”, 2015), at Mini Galerie in Amsterdam (“Worker Games”, 2016) and at Gallery POP68 in Cologne (“Effect Secondaries” 2017). In 2016 he was invited to work on a public project of Le Palais de Tokyo (“Public Works”) and his first monograph has been published by Classic Paris in January 2017. Mixed Messages is his first solo show with Nevven Gallery.

2018.04.10

STEVIE DIX - ARTIST-TALK AT GÖTEBORGS STADSBIBLIOTEKET

A panel talk with Belgian artist Stevie Dix.

TUESDAY, 10TH APRIL, 2018. TIME 18:00-19:30.




2018.04.12


A solo show by STEVIE DIX

THURSDAY, 12TH APRIL, 2018. TIME 17:00-21:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: APRIL 12 – MAY 12.
   

 

 

 

 
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