TILO&TONI (DE, 2015) is an artist duo. Their practice is built of interconnected layers of meaning, starting from the reflection on contemporary imagery, to direct experimentation on different material, from an openly-declared influence by different disciplines to the recombination of images and material they found particularly inspiring. TILO&TONI think pictures as interconnected things. They believe that images come from images, driving appropriation as an unavoidable circumstance. They love building sites/construction areas, as a way to find the greatest installations, paintings and sculptures. They love the manual gesture and the interaction with the material. They remix, sample, appropriate, not as a conceptual trick but as a self-evident interaction with the world of pictures - art, photography, pop art, advertisement, fashion, amateur pictures. About the gleeful, naive and cheeky work with techniques, media, material and visual discourses.
Their new series is composed by Baryta prints unique pieces, generated by a mix of technologies/direct intervention/experimentation on the prints in the darkroom. The project guidelines are the works by some contemporary artists that represent style, ideas, concepts, history and an open archive as a vivid matter, to be possibly used and quoted. TILO&TONI work with different materials, paintings-photographs, sculptures-drawings, high-low, analog-digital. Their gesture are playful moves such as scratching negatives, building their own negatives, overpainting, over-under exposure, drawings with pocket lights in the darkroom. All these elements will be used among the project to manipulate our expectations, to build-up mistakes on which the artist can react on and which they can adopt.