The Month of TANC at David Bloch Gallery Marrakech
We have been seeing amazing exhibitions at Marrakech-based David Bloch Gallery since the begging of 2016. Firstly, we enjoy the beautiful artworks by Vincent Abadie Hafez and Carlos Mare during the exhibition Crossing paths – The Intersection of Memories in January; then we enjoyed the collective exhibition featuring works by the resident artists of the gallery (it was on view until February 23). And finally, on February 26 we saw the opening of the new great exhibition. This time it’s exhibition of French artist TANC, while the show itself is entitled New Horizons. The show opened accompanied by a public installation TANC has created in collaboration with Steph.Cop. as part of the 6th Marrakesh Biennale.
As part of the 6th Marrakesh Biennale, the David Bloch Gallery presented a public installation in the square in front of Marrakesh train station. Based on the principle of obliteration, the installation [ARO AXIOME] gathers two of Gallery’s resident artists – STEPH.COP and TANC. A 3 meters sculpture and more than 1.4 tons of STEPH.COP is surrounded by a metal structure painted by TANC. The final result is a massive artwork. The ARO sculpture is revealed through the two openings of the metal structure. Once inside and with the sole presence of the 3 meters wooden sculpture, the spectator finds himself in an intimate space of reflection contrasting with the massive nature of the installation and the surrounding urban bustle. A dialogue between the form and the volume; A confrontation between the line and the block – these sentences most accurately describe this amazing public installation.
New Horizons exhibition opened on February 26, 2016. This is TANC’s second solo show in Marrakesh. The artist presented about twenty artworks in two distinct series. The visitors are able to see works of aerosol paint on canvas characteristic of the series Variations. The second series – presented for the first time at the gallery – is composed of papers marouflaged to canvas. If some paintings of this series goes to a geometric abstraction – on other canvas, his originally abstract painting flip to figuration. And in this exhibition, we can see some of the main characteristics of TANC’s art. His work is characterized by the uniqueness of his style, which is better understood acknowledging that TANC grew up as a graffiti artist. He sees street art as ephemeral, and that the creative process matters more than the result itself. To him, being an artist means embracing a certain way of life: to be fully committed, and to show absolute integrity. The artist’s state defines the work’s density and its precision.
TANC at David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech
Both exhibition and the public installation we mentioned earlier are perfect opportunity for all art lovers to enjoy some stunning artworks. TANC is a great artist. Dense or light, thorough or unstructured, his art is not a game but rather a lifestyle. He appends his signature on his canvasses as he used to do on the walls with his graffiti since his teenage years. The show New Horizons will be on view until March 27, 2016 at David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech, Morocco.
Featured Images: Tanc – New Horizons Exhibition ; Steph.Cop x Tanc – ARO AXIOME. All Images courtesy of David Bloch Gallery.