Opening Reception with the artist Saturday, January 19th 7-10pm
Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present the first show of the New Year, All You Can Eat, solo exhibition by Tilt. All You Can Eat will exhibit new work by Tilt, including paintings, works on paper, installations, and sculpture. In his signature bubble-letter style, Tilt serves up the quintessential American feast. He has always played with the conceptual and literal application of words, and for All You Can Eat, his evocation of the “throw-up” aesthetic is no exception. Both a reflection of the American appetite and a commentary on consumption habits in general, his work uses the instantly recognizable iconography of classic American foods to present the stereotypical over-indulgent lifestyle.
Recognized internationally as a traditional graffiti artist, Tilt began as a youth on the streets and train cars of Toulouse, France. Developing his personal style of graffiti in the 1980s, he perfected his artistic practice to reflect his growing love of this mode of expression. A self-declared “graffiti fetishist,” he has traveled the globe to spread his vision.
Tilt recalls both primitive lettering and more complicated 3D, wildstyle characters with an emphasis on strong colors and high impact shapes. The majority of his paintings focus on the stylization of various sayings and names, rendered in “throw-up” bubble letters. Designed for fast execution, “throw-ups” allow graffiti artists to quickly and efficiently lay down their art on the urban landscape. Most interested in conveying the action of graffiti throw-ups and tagging, Tilt’s style retains this classic hip-hop ideology.
An exhibition catalog will be available January 19th. Please contact the gallery for more information.