The bricked-up door of a city train in April 2015 caused commuters and passer-by in Hamburg to be astonished and animated; only later a published video revealed the authorship and the whole action became kind of a performance. MOSES & TAPS™, who are known interna- tionally for their conceptual approach regar- ding the original medium of graffiti, belong to the Avantgarde of the scene.
Hamburg based gallery owner and blogger Rudolf D. Klöckner assigns their works to a genre, which he strikingly calls “concept-van- dalism”. This implicates on one hand a creative handling of the graffiti scene’s unwritten ru- les, on the other hand the works frequently raise issues on how society treats this form of art. Diverse actions lead to a completely new value of brand recognition exceeding writing skills and choice of color.
Until MOSES & TAPS™ went as far as that, there has been quite a journey ahead of them. Independently of each other they started doing graffiti in the early nineties; since 2007 they collaboratively work together. After having spread their names via tags, throw-ups and pieces throughout the world recognisable colours came up, which nowadays are part of the collective’s corporate identity: yellow and cyan blue. Subsequently, to proof there authorship they do not need to leave behind there pseudonyms, but only use their signature colors.
Looking at the series SPLASH™colors take over an autonomous role but are not reduced to yellow and blue anymore. In any and all shades expressive color clouds – Splashes – emerge from previously pricked spray cans and cover in the shortest of time huge surfaces. At least since that development it became clear, that the traditionally applied rules of the graffiti scene are invalidated. MOSES & TAPS™ managed to establish a brand, which is characterized by a creative approach regarding the commonly bera- ted street art and an intrinsic critique of the authorities dealing with it. MOSES & TAPS™ have exhibited in various international museums and galleries.