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CURRENT
   

 





MIXED MESSAGES
WORKS ON PAPER

A solo show by PABLO TOMEK

NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 22, 2017

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.


FUTURE


   
2018.01.25

A group show curated by JONATHAN CHAPLINE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018. TIME 17:00-21:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 24.





2018.03.15

A solo show by ANNA TEDESTAM

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018. TIME 17:00-21:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: MARCH 15 – MARCH 24.





2018.04.10


STEVIE DIX - ARTIST-TALK AT GÖTEBORGS STADSBIBLIOTEKET

A panel talk with Belgian artist Stevie Dix.

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




2018.04.12


A solo show by STEVIE DIX

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

 

 

 

 
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