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Preparing for TAKE ONE: Meet TANC

The next artist in our group exhibition TAKE ONE at Catherine Ahnell Gallery is Parisian artist Tanc. What you might didn’t know is that TANC also creates music and perform.

Tanc has exhibit his work in various places across the world. His work is characterized by the uniqueness of his style, which is better understood acknowledging that TANC grew up as a graffiti artist. He sees street art as ephemeral, and that the creative process matters more than the result itself. To him, being an artist means embracing a certain way of life: to be fully committed, and show absolute integrity.

At the turn of the century, he mainly focused on studio work. His exploration of the possibilities of a line allowed him to immediately stand out from the usual graffiti artists. His work strives towards synthesis of his name, of tags, of individuals, of music, of life. His work does not seek perfection, but spontaneity. The artist’s state defines the work’s density and its precision. His heart beat activates his arm like a metronome: the artist is not trying to control this flow, but rather understand the composition that suddenly appears on the canvas, perfect balance between consciousness and unconsciousness. TANC composes his music and his canvasses with great spontaneity.

Dense or light, thorough or unstructured, his art is not a game but rather a way of life. He appends his signature on his canvasses as he used to do so on the walls with his graffiti since his teenage years. This discipline is above all an instinctive outlet for a need to express himself: he takes over the urban space and shouts his name across the city. But soon the letters disappear and TANC starts exploring formal abstraction. By focusing his work on line and color, he regenerates the pictorial tradition by confronting it with street art’s essential vitality: prevalence of action, perfection of the gesture, acceptance of the unexpected, and expression of a strong singularity. Above all else, we are taken back by the intensity of his work, by its musicality and by the remarkable resonance of lights and materials.

Action, energy, and the artist’s emotion thus aim to touch the viewer in a sensual, intimate and immediate way.

Group exhibition TAKE ONE

Opening January 15th

66 Grand Street



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