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CES : That’s My Name Talking

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For its inaugural exhibition, Fort Gansevoort Gallery will present That’s My Name Talking, a series of still-life drawings from Bronx-based graffiti artist CES. The artist's tag is concealed within each image in a nod to his graffiti origins.

CES | That’s My Name Talking
5 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
On View: July 16 – August 15, 2015
Opening Reception: July 16, 7-10PM
Opening July 16, Fort Gansevoort is a new
cultural hub for art, design, and food, founded
by curator Adam Shopkorn. Located on the
top two stories of the building, Fort
Gansevoort Gallery will present its inaugural
exhibition That’s My Name Talking, drawings
by celebrated Bronx-based graffiti artist CES.
On view through August 15, That’s My Name
Talking is the first show to present the artist’s small-scale ink drawings, providing a window into the blend
of classicism, surrealism and street culture that characterizes the work of the legendary graffiti artist.
Citing early inspiration from artists like Salvador Dali and James Rosenquist, the 40 intimate drawings on
view offer a counterpoint to CES’ well-known large-format spray paint works. Made over the course of the
past three years, they were inspired by the deceptively ordinary objects CES encountered in the world
around him. CES has engaged a visual language dominated by everyday items imbued with symbolic
power – fruits, vegetables, junk food and liquor. The artist’s signature is concealed within each image in a
nod to his graffiti origins. In the realm of graffiti, a signature, a tag, is in itself a work of art.
”By 2012, I had done so much graffiti and wanted to know that I could still draw,” said CES. The more
time you spend with a can and a cap, the more you’re inclined to ask yourself, “Can I get back to having a
pen in my hand with a piece of paper?”
Fort Gansevoort founder, Adam Shopkorn has followed the work of CES for over 20 years, having first
discovered it on the walls of the Major Deegan Expressway as he traveled to school. “I was fascinated by
the proliferation of his work and began to notice it everywhere,” said Shopkorn. “I recently saw this series
of drawings and I fell in love with a body of work I had not known CES was making. The small works
achieve a level of delicacy that stands in complete contrast to the hard-edged quality of his graffiti. I am
delighted to inaugurate our gallery with the work of a New York legend and to expand the public’s
understanding of his art.”
About CES
Born Robert Michael Provenzano in 1970, CES is a New York City leader of the streamlined and
aerodynamic “Wildstyle,” alphabetic reconfiguration in contemporary graffiti. His innovations have
influenced an entire generation of graffiti writers in the United States and abroad. Besides New York, he
has done work in cities as varied as Athens, Boston, Basel, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Berlin.
About Fort Gansevoort Gallery
Organized by founder Adam Shopkorn, Fort Gansevoort Gallery is a platform for experimentation and
collaboration that exhibits emerging and established artists whose practices bridge relationships between
old, new, high, and low culture.