„Colors are still there, along with the formal codes, but the core of graffiti is gone.“ – MOSES & TAPS™️, 2019.
The artist collective MOSES & TAPS™️ belongs to the rare graffiti artists who maintained their anonymity despite their numerous illegal actions and commercial success. The new series of IMAGE OF GRAFFITI™️ will be presented at Kolly Gallery from April 22 to 27, 2019.
The IMAGE OF GRAFFITI™️ series is characterized by abstract geometric interwoven forms and flashy color combinations. The series derives from abstract, look-alike letters, which are merely a representation of graffiti writing. Outlines, shadows and dynamic forms suggest the unique graffiti code of the urban sphere. The core principle of style writing is the stylized letter- ing of names and words. Thus the verbal as well as the visual code inevitably obtains its unam- biguous meaning. In IMAGE OF GRAFFITI™️ however this core principle of traditional graffiti is ironized by the “meaningless” and “message-less” look-alike letters. Therefore it is not about real letters, but rather a deception of them. MOSES & TAPS™️ confront the viewer with the nor- mative idea of graffiti portrayed by colorful, intricate and illegible shapes.
The attempt to decode the figures is hopeless. The viewer can neither define nor read the as- sumed fragments of letters. The inseparability of the individual elements creates the impres- sion of a disorderly and cryptic tangle, which again emphasizes the interweaving of the whole figure. Nevertheless, the viewer is intrinsically forced to find a logical meaning and usually finds it through his or her very own imagination. He sees what he wants to see!
Regarding the series IMAGE OF GRAFFITI™️, MOSES & TAPS™️ pursue an extremely solid cre- ative concept, which is basically closer to art than to vandalism. Feeling restricted by the pre- vailing rules of vandalism, the artist collective eventually found a way to question the rigid codes of the former subculture and beyond that - to break them. Even better, they make graffiti themselves the concept of their works. The series IMAGE OF GRAFFITI™️ examines the graffiti system and its perception in the social system.
Tania Di Brita