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Moses & Taps™ – Topsprayer Express™ Exhibition (Video)


Für alle die es (bislang) noch nicht zur Ausstellung “Moses & Taps™ – Topsprayer Express™” in die Kölner Ruttkowski 68 Galerie geschafft haben, gibt es jetzt ein Video der Galerie.

Oder das gleichnamige, sehr lohnenswerte Buch kaufen. Für Live Action guckt euch die 3D-Doku Taken by a Vandal an, in dem u.a. auch TAPS sich aus der Egoperspektive bei der Arbeit filmt.

“TOPSPRAYER EXPRESS™’ at Ruttkowski 68 gallery in Cologne is the first solo exhibition by the artists.”

MOSES & TAPS™, the artist group also known as ERNI & BERT™ and TOPSPRAYER™, has grabbed the attention of both law enforcement officials and art critics. The ever-changing name of this collective is not borne out of indecision or marketing. Rather, it helps conceal the identities of its members while still defying the unwritten laws of graffiti: anonymity. The pseudonym is the signature that gives the work recognition value – for fans and for the police as well.

In 2011, the collective, who rigorously decided against an online presence, published a volume of their works for the first time. Across 288 pages, ‘INTERNATIONAL TOPSPRAYER: MOSES & TAPS™’ is a showcase of the group’s ambition to take graffiti to another level. Over the course of 1000 days, they spray-painted 1000 railway carriages. Some looked like typical graffiti, others were more conceptual. One work involved painting false doors and windows on a wagon, a trompe l’oeil effect that led to great confusion on the platform the next morning. On another carriage, the artists took a more ironically playful approach. They spray-painted a sign like those issued by German railway authorities, which warn that the train’s surface is protected by anti-graffiti coating.

‘TOPSPRAYER EXPRESS™’ opens on February 1st, 2013 at Ruttkowski;68 gallery in Cologne, Germany. It is the first solo exhibition by the artists. As the title implicates, the artists give graffiti a ride that is bound to a new direction. The works on show, re-interpret and transfer graffiti from its convential medium to another surrounding.

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