Pablo Tomek - Guten Tag
Pablo Tomek is a painter who lives and works in Paris. He has always rejected the Street Art label to define his work. In today's social networks, the mainstream press and auction houses, the movement conjures up in the collective imagination a form of bad pop art, kitsch and harmless. Pablo Tomek, on the other hand, comes from graffiti, a cryptic, underhand, risky, clandestine approach. It's a milieu where he cut his teeth breaking codes with his friends in the PAL Crew.
The primitive gesture of painting, the work of writing and signing is an integral part of Pablo Tomek's artistic evolution.
Scribbles for some, calligraphic feats for others, Tomek's signatures flirt with illegibility, in an unstable balance between inscription, figuration and abstraction. His tags become mosquitoes, boats, corals; they crush, expand, flatten or lengthen. They are grandiloquent, timid, advancing or retreating, depending on the state of the scribe, his mental images, his tools, or the nature of his support and point of support.
Through hundreds of silver and digital photographs, video captures and drawings, Guten Tag shows a selection of vandal inscriptions made between 2019 and 2023 by Pablo Tomek, in Paris and elsewhere. The memories of these deliberate defacements are extended by a series of poems by Skubb.
Edited by Pablo Tomek
Designed by Spassky Fischer
Four-colour offset printing, glue-stitched binding
Published by Rotolux Press in 2023
First edition of 1000 copies
22 x 28.5 cm