MOSES & TAPS™

TOPSPRAYER™

In 2007 MOSES met TAPS and shortly after they formed the artist collective TOP SPRAYER™. Their first project was an ambitious one: painting 1000 trains all over the world in 1000 days, using each other’s names. Thusly getting rid of both the constricting rules of graffiti and the authorities, who would have needed these rules to prosecute them. The results of this venture led not only to MOSES & TAPS™ first book INTERNATIONAL TOPSPRAYER™, the most commercially successful graffiti book to date, but also to a change in the established law practice in favour of graffiti writers. The world renowned MOSES & TAPS™ are celebrated for their balancing act between the consistent advancement of graffiti and their conceptual strength. While most other urban artists please the crowd with coherent and beautiful however harmless paintings, MOSES & TAPS™ are still not afraid to scandalize. The medium is the message and their messages are multifaceted. Because of this, MOSES & TAPS™ haven’t limited themselves only to canvases, galleries or spraypaint and to this day they incorporate both public space and public transport in a great number of their works. MOSES and TAPS are famous for their unique writing styles and its further development into almost abstract artworks. Nevertheless, working on different serials and mix them is another characteristic of TM™. While their well- known CORPORATE IDENTITY™ challenges commerce and advertisement, the serial SPLASH™ ridicules the aesthetic rules of graffiti: the artists puncture pressurized spraycans to create abstract and uncontrollable action paintings.

Exhibitions:

2011: Group exhibition „Critical Mess“, Forum Kunst und Architektur, Essen, GERMANY
2011: Group exhibition “Wallflowers”, Colab Gallery, Weil am Rhein, GERMANY

2012: Group exhibition “Achtung: Asphaltkultur – German Graffiti Avantgarde”, Goethe Institut, Bangalore, INDIA

2013: Group show “Synthesis & Intergration”, Gallery Agency Art.Ru, Moscow, Russia.
2013: Solo exhibition “TOPSPRAYER EXPRESS™“, Gallery Ruttkowski 68, Cologne, Germany.
2013: Group exhibition “Galeria Autonomica”, Stadtmuseum München, Munich, Germany.

2014: Group show “Nightshot”, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

2015: Group show “Fairy Tales”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.
2015: Solo show “$PLASH – Rules of Vandalism“, Galerie Le Paris Urbain, Paris, France.
2015: Group show “Bundeskunst Hall Of Fame”, Kunsthalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany.
2015: Solo show “FLICKWERK™”, 886 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

2016 – 18 June: Solo show „CORPORATE IDENTITY™“, Golden Hands Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.

2016: Solo show „EUROPA™“, Kolly Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland.

2016: Group show “Millerntor Gallery”, Millerntor Stadium, Hamburg, Germany.

2016: 1984 “EVOLUZIONE e RIGENERAZIONE del WRITING”, GALLERIA CIVICA DI MODENA, Italy

2017: 27 April – 02 June; Solo show “RULES OF LIBERTY™”, David Pluskwa Galerie, Marseille, France.

2017: 05 May – 02 June; Group show “#VIRALVANDALS”, MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

2017: 02 September – 04 November; Solo show, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, Germany.

Publications:

2011: „INTERNATIONAL TOPSPRAYER™“. – Meanwhile 3rd edition. Published by Publikat.
2014: „SAME SAME™“ – Sold out. Published by The Grifters Publishing.

Videos:

THE WALL

QUINTA ESSENTIA™

SPLASH – RULES OF VANDALISM

SAME SAME

CORPORATE IDENTITY™

BACKGROUND™

Moscow Mural Recap

Interviews:

Interview with MOSES & TAPS™, The Grifters Journal, 2015.

Interview with MOSES & TAPS™, Wertical, 2014.

Interview with MOSES & TAPS™ , Hamburg Abendblatt (German Only), 2016

Contact:

office (at) thegrifters.org

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Moses & Taps™,
SAME SAME™, 2014

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