Applying paint on public transport without permission is a senseless occupation: It’s dangerous, illegal and often disliked. At the end of one’s career there is no big prize, no glory, no golden watch. So what motivates these artists to follow their passion?
Freedumb is not trying to give an answer to anything. It is a discovery, a trip into the unknown, a documentation, without a pre-casted opinion. Like the graffiti on public transport, it just is. The photos from prominent artists Taps & Moses, Utah & Ether and Phil America simply show you what’s happening in the painter world underneath you. They just are, and they will be, whether you love it, hate it or don’t care.
Freedumb alludes to a typical, dark graffiti writer humor. The search for freedom is a central theme in the world of graffiti.
Sept 4 Perla-Mode, Zürich (CH)
Sept 4-6 Zona Cultura, Sofia (BG)
Sept 12 Le Monte-en-l’air, Paris (FR)
Oct 30 Assemblage Studios, Johannesburg (SA)
Oct 30 Hashtag Gallery, Toronto (CA)
Oct 31-Nov 2 7Tate, Brisbane (AU)
Nov 1-3 Spray Sport, Valencia (ES)
Nov 1 Produções Klandestinas, Brasília (BR)
Nov 1 Six Fathoms Deep, Bangkok (TH)
Nov 13-27 Square & Friends Gallery, Gold Coast (AU)
Nov 13 Hook & Loop, Guadalajara (MX)
Nov 13 Aerosoles Graffiti, Lima (PE)
Phil America (b. 1983) is a NYC and California-raised artist. He has lived throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Africa, concentrating on individual moments of freedom, most recently looking at the human relationship with class, gender and race. In his work he uses performance, photography, writing, video and sound installation and sculptures to seek a better understanding of his subjects.
In 2014 he continued his focus on education, furthering his involvement with DEAR Burma, and is currently working with all 28 museum in Sacramento on a project to tie them together through art. Phil recently gave a TED talk and spoke at various universities and events.
TAPS & MOSES
The German artist duo also known as Ernie & Bert, Alias and Topsprayer™, has grabbed the attention after their most recent exhibitions in both the art world and public space. The ever-changing name of this collective was not born out of indecision or marketing but rather to 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. Taps & Moses are well-known for frequently using two colors, substituting their names with it. Recently they have published their first two monographs.
UTAH & ETHER
Danielle Bremner (UTAH) and Jim Clay Harper (ETHER) are mixed media artists from New York City and Chicago. Born and raised in USA, their art and ambitions have taken them across the globe. Their works can be seen on walls and trains spanning across four continents, in cities such as Paris, Milan, NYC, Beijing and Tokyo. Their accomplishments in the graffiti world have garnered them much attention, and they have appeared in different publications. In addition to graffiti, the couple utilize video, photography and social media and have produced both short films, books, magazines and solo art shows.
The exhibition includes a sculpture, photo prints and a video installation, giving viewers a first hand view of a life outside the rules and limits of both art and society.
The exhibition has shown in Paris (France), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Zürich (Switzerland) and will continue to show in different cities around the globe.
The exhibition shows large photo prints, depicting the artist’s relationships with passenger trains and the graffiti that is done on them. Alongside the photo prints, a sculpture designed specifically for the show will be shown.
All works in the exhibition are unpublished and shown exclusively for the first time.
- Hook & Loop
- Lopez Cotilla #679, Col. Centro C.P. 44100, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Aerosoles Graffiti
- 147*4013, AV LA MARINA 1602 , C.C MARINA PLAZA, TIENDA 126-127 primer nivel, Lima, Peru
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
- November 13 – 27
- Square & Friends Gallery
- Suite 5 – The Old Courthouse. No. 4 First Avenue, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
- October 30
- Assemblage Studios
- 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
- October 31 – November 2
- 7 Tate
- 7 Tate Street, Albion Qld 4010, Brisbane, Australia
- October 30
- Hashtag Gallery
- 801 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
- November 1-3
- Avenida Primado Reig 135 Bajo Izq, Valenciana, Spain
- November 1
- Produções Klandestinas,
- SCS, Quadra 1, Ed. Maristela, Sala 205, Brasília, Brazil
- Six Fathoms Deep
- 52/24 Pan Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
- September 12, 19.00 – 22.30h
- Le Monte-en-l’air
- 2 Rue de la Mare, 75020 Paris, France
- September 4-6, 19h
- Zona Cultura
- Ulitsa “Konstantin Stoilov” 59, Sofia, Bulgaria
- September 4, 19h
- Brauerstrasse 37, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland
Edition Patrick Frey
and Till Rippmann