ARTIST AT A GLANCE
Felipe Pantone’s “Artifact to Artifact Communication” presents five paintings and one car debating about dynamism, transformation, and impermanence. Felipe Pantone is an Argentinian-Spanish artist who started doing graffiti at the age of 12 and graduated with a Fine Art degree in Valencia, Spain. Pantone’s body of work spans from graffiti to kinetic art. High-contrast colors, geometrical patterns, and Op Art elements insinuate motion and challenge perspective in a mix of computer-generated graphics, conventional graffiti, typography, and abstraction.
PANTONE ARTIST - A DIMENSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
For the majority of graffiti writers, the transition from street to gallery is a painful journey. Once they have arrived, longevity and relevance become even more enduring struggles. Some rely on the street-cred points their graffiti name has accrued, while others attempt to reinvent, occasionally wishing old associations were forgotten. Felipe Pantone pulsates somewhere in between those two worlds, but he doesn’t rely on what he does on the street
to pull weight in the gallery, nor does he need to. He also didn’t adopt a new approach amid the transition but has matured and progressed in his studio practice far beyond the limitations
of spraying his name.
There are very few successful artists who would take the risks that Pantone does by continuing to paint on clean trains and other acts of graffiti. Despite the enormous success and unique opportunities his art has afforded him, he remains a graffiti writer at his core.
Not long ago, Pantone’s work began to morph into an eclectic assortment of shapes, objects,
forms, perspectives, mediums, gradients, glitches and ideas. His evolution from colorful and dynamic letterforms to test patterns on acid were brisk. At the same time, his chosen media only got bigger. It was impressive when he began painting motorcycles, semis and boats, but even more so when it became cars of renowned race-car drivers, entire freeway underpasses and 10-story buildings. The biggest and most vibrant QR code in the world is his doing — and the code works, too.
FELIPE PANTONE ART - AN INSPIRING VISIONARY CREATION
In the gallery, Felipe Pantone went from paintings and sculptures to immersive and interactive installations, experiences that integrate a multitude of concepts, usually revolving around technology. He has stated a number of times that he revels in the idea of being alive and coming of age during the rise and advancement of the Internet. The reality of having all the information of humanity cost-free and instantly in your pocket continually serves as inspiration.
Born in Argentina and raised in Spain, Pantone identifies with neither geographical location.
Instead, he perpetually resides in various time zones across the planet — always in motion, like his artwork. Felipe Pantone identifies with kinetic art: art from any medium that contains
movement perceivable by the viewer or depends on motion for its effect. With that in mind, optical illusions remain a mainstay in his creative output as he continually challenges the limits and boundaries in which they can be applied.