METAMORPHOSIS: 168 page hardcover book Metamorphosis is the second published monograph by the Californian born, Berlin-based visual artist Tavar Zawacki - and the first under his real name.
Metamorphosis covers Tavar Zawacki's last 3 years of creative works, from his seminal 2014 Remix exhibition in Detroit at Inner State Gallery to his latest and most ambitious exhibition to date at Urban Spree Galerie in September 2017. Metamorphosis covers many of his large scale outdoor murals during that period and illustrates how the artist navigates between his indoor and outdoor works and the influences thereof.
Metamorphosis is a very personal account of Tavar's creative process and thinking, where painful disruptions are essential to create something new and meaningful.
The book is published by Urban Spree Books, Berlin Germany, September 2017.
PASSPORT: 156 page hardcover book documenting the artworks and travels of Tavar Zawacki in over 50 countries from 2004 to 2010.
Artist Shepard Fairey wrote the introduction for Passport saying,
"I first encountered Above's art on the streets of Paris in early 2003. His large scale trademark arrows were painted on roll down gates, trucks and storefronts with impressive coverage throughout the city. Above is extraordinarily driven. To paraphrase Radiohead, "ambition can make you look pretty ugly," but in Above’s case, his ambition makes the streets look very engaging. I am very impressed by Above’s diligence, but after I got to know him and his artwork more, I began to realize that his output is not evidence of selfish ego, but of a lust for life, a utopian life, where his generosity, and curiosity, and his pursuit of creativity and social-consciousness have led him around the world making more friends than enemies.
Above made the time to act as tour guide for me and my wife and our two young daughters in a city he knows well and we didn’t. The gesture made me greatly value Above’s friendship and reinforced my belief that what you give is what you get. The Karma Police are not coming for Above even if the police vandal squad is."
JETSET Solo Exhibition
Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 2012
44 page printed catalog of the exhibiting artworks
12 MONTHS Solo Exhibition
Soon Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland. 2016
44 page printed catalog of the exhibiting artworks.