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TOGO - Toy Story

Archival print on 310gsm Ilford Photorag,  420mm x 594mm (unframed)

"Everything feels hypnagogic at this point. I hide for what feels like forever, wedged between the side of a building and a billboard. Staring below at supermarket trolleys and listening to the squawks of seagulls, I clamber down the building and make a run for it." Photo taken after being spotted on a rooftop by police. Wellington, New Zealand, 2:05am.

TOGO is a graffiti artist who has garnered an extensive reputation for his defiant acts of vandalism. After writing his name for over a decade, TOGO now looks to challenge the aesthetic rules of graffiti by further developing the abstract within his artworks. Dismayed by the stagnation of graffiti, TOGO is determined to advance the culture by creating a visual statement against any “rules” while staying openly true to his individual identity. The following photographs expose TOGO’s process as he leaves behind the accepted rules of vandalism to create an illicit series of works about breaking the principle that graffiti even has to portray a name. 

Price: 350.00 NZD