3TTMAN – Tank
Oil stick on 300gms paper
100 x 70 cm, 2020
This new series of oil stick and wax crayon drawings comes from one of the artist’s lines of research, the one most closely linked to his mural style. A raw and direct technique that, through the spontaneous gesture, recalls a vision dear to 3TTMAN: the “childish” ability to enjoy the moment. To the artist creative pleasure is inseparable from the process; he enjoys working, and it is directly reflected in his style: dynamic, colorful, cheerful and authentic.
This approach is particularly attributable to the work “Abstract I” in which the flow of the gesture plays a leading role, in an exercise of style with a graffiti vibe, totally relies on the instinct of composition.
At the same time, through what might seem a paradox, the artist, without betraying his peculiar playful aesthetic, takes time to investigate themes that we all are trying to analyze and metabolize.
The artist has introjected the strange time that we are living in, placing questions and reporting feelings and impressions in some of his works that talk about what we can glimpse under the surface of things. His “Shark Submarine” and “Inside the Dragon”, represent the small spaces and the sense of claustrophobia that derives from this isolation, and a metaphor of our current condition: like passengers depending on the captain’s choice in a submarine we can sink or rise.
The ability to play and the one to investigate, instinct and the analytical perception of reality, spontaneity and technique are all elements in apparent contradiction to each other which naturally find their reason to be and coherence in 3TTMAN’s works.