CES : That’s My Name Talking July 15, 2015artist, writing, NYC, eventWHATYOUWRITEComment 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 Talking5 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014On View: July 16 – August 15, 2015Opening Reception: July 16, 7-10PMOpening July 16, Fort Gansevoort is a newcultural hub for art, design, and food, foundedby curator Adam Shopkorn. Located on thetop two stories of the building, FortGansevoort Gallery will present its inauguralexhibition That’s My Name Talking, drawingsby celebrated Bronx-based graffiti artist CES.On view through August 15, That’s My NameTalking is the first show to present the artist’s small-scale ink drawings, providing a window into the blendof 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 onview offer a counterpoint to CES’ well-known large-format spray paint works. Made over the course of thepast three years, they were inspired by the deceptively ordinary objects CES encountered in the worldaround him. CES has engaged a visual language dominated by everyday items imbued with symbolicpower – fruits, vegetables, junk food and liquor. The artist’s signature is concealed within each image in anod 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 moretime you spend with a can and a cap, the more you’re inclined to ask yourself, “Can I get back to having apen in my hand with a piece of paper?”Fort Gansevoort founder, Adam Shopkorn has followed the work of CES for over 20 years, having firstdiscovered it on the walls of the Major Deegan Expressway as he traveled to school. “I was fascinated bythe proliferation of his work and began to notice it everywhere,” said Shopkorn. “I recently saw this seriesof drawings and I fell in love with a body of work I had not known CES was making. The small worksachieve a level of delicacy that stands in complete contrast to the hard-edged quality of his graffiti. I amdelighted to inaugurate our gallery with the work of a New York legend and to expand the public’sunderstanding of his art.”About CESBorn Robert Michael Provenzano in 1970, CES is a New York City leader of the streamlined andaerodynamic “Wildstyle,” alphabetic reconfiguration in contemporary graffiti. His innovations haveinfluenced an entire generation of graffiti writers in the United States and abroad. Besides New York, hehas done work in cities as varied as Athens, Boston, Basel, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Berlin.About Fort Gansevoort GalleryOrganized by founder Adam Shopkorn, Fort Gansevoort Gallery is a platform for experimentation andcollaboration that exhibits emerging and established artists whose practices bridge relationships betweenold, new, high, and low culture.