Tilt Smashes With Multi-Hued Tags: “Magic & Destroy”

“When does an ultra-tagged trash can, which some consider simply vandalized, assume the status of a work of art?” asks Stephanie Pioda, the art historian and journalist in the introduction of this 3 year old collection of TILT, “Magic and Destroy”.

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

Indeed the artists posed a variant of the same question last week when we met him at Jardin Rouge in Marrakech, and it bears consideration. Absent the act of vandalism, the bashing of an object with layers of tags is simply an art technique; albeit one loaded with the implications of a street act that violates the established codes of accepted behavior in public space and infringes on property rights.  It is an examination of context, as with all discussions about what graffiti or street art becomes once it enters a gallery or a home.

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

Originally created to accompany his solo show with Paris based Wall Works gallery, the soft-cover catalogue with images by photographer Benjamin Roudet gives a satisfying overview of the diversification in technique and experimentation that has brought this Toulouse native far since first writing his bubble-based tags on the streets in the late 1980s.

From the carved “New York” apple core sculpture to the soft-porn love-interest photo spreads, to the endearing and incomplete blackbook doodling, the Brooklyn whole-roof silver co-tagging with Mist, and the aerosol slaughter of a car sliced in half, TILT continues to explore where his passion for expression can take him.

Based on the new migration themed work we’ve just seen that he is preparing for dual shows in Morroco and France, the ultra-tagged work of TILT is expanding his contemplative examinations beyond the charged duality of vandalism and art.

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

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Tilt Magic & Destroy Wallworks. Paris 2013

 

Tilt Magic & Destroy was published by Wallworks on the ocassion of Tilt’s exhibition Magic & Destroy at Galerie Wallworks. Paris 2013 with images by photographer Benjamin Roudet.

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