The traditionally physical medium comes to an online platform, featuring cutting edge artists from around the world.
Taby, a powerful new digital player in the art gallery scene, is proud to announce the launch of its second exhibition, The Digital Street. Conceived with the pandemic as a backdrop, Taby’s curator Emerson Radisich has carefully selected works from an international group of artists that are vibrant representations of our times. The new exhibition touches on several themes: the emotional reflections of dealing with the post-COVID era, the blending of our everyday lives with the digital realm, and thoughtful geo-political commentary, to name a few surface points.
The Digital Street engages the viewer on several levels, whether it’s the symbols of the collective unconscious tapped into by Polish artist Karifurava, representing our inner world, or the brutal honesty of Judy Rhum’s quarantine series, demonstrating the outward reality of how the structure of our daily lives has changed.
In keeping with Taby’s tradition of exhibitions benefiting charities associated with the theme of each show, CEO Mo Al Khater has selected Street Art For Mankind (SAM) as this exhibit’s recipient. SAM produces large murals, interactive exhibitions and live performances to support human rights and bond communities across the planet. The charity primarily focuses on fighting against child labour & trafficking, funding raid and rescue programs through the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
Graffiti and street art is an ever-expanding and increasingly popular genre of artmaking that has found an increased role and dedicated significance during the coronavirus pandemic. It is a practice that has evolved entirely within the public realm, and often comes with the capacity to challenge, critique and contort both public places and public knowledge. At a time where museums, galleries and institutions have closed their doors, street artists have remained steadfast in their craft, and many artists from other genres have migrated to the medium to be able to continue to share work publicly.
Muralism today has seeped into many services throughout the art world; significant institutions regularly exhibit street art and graffiti shows, with artists such Banksy and KAWS now household names who routinely break sales records at auction houses, and the aesthetic of graffiti is embedded in our society and spans advertising through to technical inclusions in fine artist’s practices, a process often referred to as Post-Graffiti.
Digital artmaking is no exception – several highly stylized comics, illustrators, designers and artists have appropriated the specific aesthetic qualities of graffiti and mark making, as well as the pursuit’s capacity to critique and challenge norms. The Digital Street seeks to examine these qualities through the works of artists globally. It presents an array of artmaking which utilizes digital reproduction in a graffiti-influenced style, and demonstrates a range of artists who openly critique the world around them within this particular practice – ultimately showcasing the beauty and necessity for graffiti in today’s climate.
The Digital Street features 18 works from 6 artists working around the globe:
- Karifurava, Poland: is a Polish graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist currently based in Warsaw. Influenced by contemporary Eastern graphic designers and illustrators such as Keiichi Tanaami, his bold and colorful works explore mysticism, neo-religion and the magical. Karifurava has exhibited extensively across the globe at galleries including Backwoods Gallery, Australia, and venues including VIKTAC, Poland.
- Judy Rhum, Milan: a graffiti artist, illustrator and lecturer currently based in Milan. Her works are lucid and ludic, combining a playful and illustrative feel into the monumental platform that is graffiti. They are slick: graffiti with layered breakdowns, expanded geometric shapes and purposeful abstraction. Rhum is also the co-founder of Drinchendro, a Milan-based arts program.
- Tom Gerrard, Australia: a graphic designer cum fine artist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. His unique practice involves the painting of simple characters, architecture and nature through a minimal color palette, where his works are often inspired by people he has met and places he has visited. Gerrard has exhibited work extensively across the globe at galleries including Stolen Space, London, RVCA, Tokyo and 1xRUN, Detroit.
- Morris Vogel, Switzerland: a self-taught fine artist and illustrator currently based in Basel, Switzerland. Vogel examines surreal manifestations of politics, existentialism, awareness and human nature through a highly stylized black and white drawing style. His works have been exhibited at Kunsthallekleinbasel, Switzerland, Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavillion, Serbia and YOPE project space, Mexico.
- Indie184 is a New York-based artist who has been active in graffiti culture for over 2 decades. Influenced by abstract expressionism and pop art, her paintings are raptures of color and textures. Fused with her original graffiti and street art, imagery, and designs juxtaposed with personal messages, Indie’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including El Museo del Barrio, New York and Völklingen Ironworks Museum, Saarbrücken, Germany.
- Nini Sum is a mixed-media artist based in Shanghai, China. Her work depicts urban scenery and characters from everyday life in a captivating and surreal setting, which is strongly influenced by modern city life and eastern philosophy. The form of Nini’s work varies from silkscreen prints and mural paintings, to collage on canvas and album art. She is also the founder of IdleBeats, China’s first independent screen-printing studio.
Taby is a premium digital art gallery specializing in contemporary art. We provide several rolling digital exhibitions throughout the year which bring together hand-selected quality artworks under a specific curatorial theme. Taby only exhibits exclusive, limited edition artworks, shipped to your door, which are designed and manufactured to the highest quality. Our objective is to provide every customer with an exceptional piece of art that is ready to hang as soon as it is unpacked. Alongside every digital exhibition, Taby also selects a charity related to the theme of that exhibition, which then receives a portion of our revenue.
Taby is a global team. We are artists, curators and seasoned collectors who have developed exhibitions and worked with galleries all over the world. Our mission is to make choosing and collecting contemporary art as simple as possible; this is why we provide ready to hang artworks through our premium printing, stretching and framing service, offering bespoke curatorial services so that every client is able to find an artist and artwork to match their collection, and partner with a range of specialists to select the best artists for each theme and series. We look forward to serving you.