Louis Lambert (3ttman)

Born in 1978 - France


biography under completion

Louis Lambert is 3TTMAN, or to aid in its proper pronunciation, Trois Têtes Man, the agitador de medio ambiente. As a key presence in the contemporary urban art scene in Madrid, he has formed an aesthetic combining the punk heritage of graffiti, its do-it-yourself, by any means necessary attitude, with a style showing a strong influence of both vernacular, and popular religious art. Working on a plethora of surfaces (from billposters to self-laid concrete), and utilising a myriad of techniques (from ceramics to mosaics), Lambert’s production purposefully blurs the boundary between art and craft, challenging prevailing conceptions of ‘correct’ practice in both the fine and public-art worlds.

Born in Lille, France, Louis Lambert painted constantly throughout his early years without ever feeling the urge to move his work into the streets, feeling that without a truly distinctive approach, his movement into that arena would be be frivolous. Whist he experimented a little with stickers and posters alongside his childhood friend Remed by 1999 he found what he considered a more expansive way of bringing art to the public; co-founding the label 102% – a “pop shop” style brand focussed on unique, one-off, hand-printed clothing – he directed his artistic skills through textiles, still tentatively continuing to work in the street.

It was Nano4814’s City-Lights project of 2004, that gave him the inspiration to fully shift his practice into this context however, he encountering a project which, for the first time, demonstrated the enormous potentiality of the urban environment. At first working purely on street-furniture – post boxes, lampposts, rubbish containers and the like – Louis Lambert would détourner these objects, enlivening and animating them with comedic, often grotesque imagery. Yet whilst these early works gave him a taste for the action, a taste of the possibilities of the street, he still felt he had yet to find a project which he could wholeheartedly embrace.

The billposters changed all that however. Whilst unwilling to work directly on the city’s walls, and equally unhappy with the limited room available to really experiment on street-furniture, 3TTMan came to realise the huge amount of space taken up by billposters in Madrid, a seemingly semi-legal form of advertising which consumed nearly every single vacant or neglected structure in the city. Not only did they provide a readymade surface which to work on in the very heart of the capital however, the billposters also presented him with a readymade response to any encounter with police: If the billposters themselves were an illegal form of visual culture, how could painting on top of them be considered illegal in itself?

Lambert would thus openly paint on these surfaces in the middle of the day in some of the most conspicuous sites in the city, happy to argue with the police when they eventually emerged on the scene (as they invariably would). This approach thus gave him the time to produce highly complex collages on these sites, never simply painting on top of the posters but using what was already there, playing with it, challenging it, taking a purely commercial medium and converting it into a space for interaction, for enjoyment.

Whilst still continuing his work on billposters (as well as the canvas-based work which he has never ceased producing), Louis Lambert has since found numerous other way of interacting in the street, producing large-scale murals, mosaics, piñatas, pushing upon the strained boundary between folk and high-art. His recent focus has been on cement however, probably the most seemingly un-artistic of tools.

Inspired both by the spontaneous writings left upon unset concrete in the street, as well as the experience of re-building his studio in Madrid, 3TTMan, armed with some bags of sand, cement, and plenty of water, has begun to reform the city streets, working both on the potholed pavements (which have been left dangerously unrepaired) and bricked-up shopfronts (of abandoned or empty buildings) that, like the billposters, seem to proliferate widely in the city.

Laying cement onto these sites then, he incises both texts and illustrations upon them before it has the chance to set (sometimes also painting on top of these designs), often with paradoxical or word-playing statements: Esto Es Graffiti (“This is Graffiti”) or No Me Gusta Escribir En Las Paredes (“I Don’t Like to Write on Walls”) for example. Like his exploration of ceramics in Vietnam, his Indian ‘wildstyle’ or street-based painting-by-numbers, the concrete projects can thus be understood to fuse three of the key themes within his work; his obsession with popular aesthetics; his desire to critique the sanctity of art; and his focus on representing the contradictions, the multiple points of view that can be taken in any situation.

Like his three headed character itself then, a creature which suggests the multiple possibilities of every situation, Louis Lambert aims to present us with a method of questioning rather than judging, with works meant to function through revelation rather than explanation. Expressing the inherent imbalance of the three, he brings a witty, joyful spirit to the street, a low-brow, popular yet highly refined technique, one refusing to stand by the demarcations which the art-world sets up.

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2017 Beach Life, Delimbo, Sevilla, Spain.
2015 Guerra de las materias, Villamanuela Gallery, Madrid.
2014 Haciendome el loco, Celaya Brother Gallery, Mexico.
2011 Du coq à l’âne, Delimbo, Sevilla.
2010 Louis Lambert, UBS, Madrid.
2008 Nature Mortes, Montana Gallery, Sevilla.
2008 Urban portrait, Rialto, Roma.
2005 3ttman, Subaquatica, Madrid.

2015 Mapping The City, Somerset House, Londres.
2014 Artmosphere Biennale, ArtPlay, Moscu.
2012 Las 7 diferencias. Iam Gallery, Madrid
2012 ARCO. El País, Madrid
2010 The Fantastic 4. Pure Evil Gallery, Londres.
2009 Ship of Fools gallery. Denhaag, Holanda.
2008 Long week-end Project, Tate Modern London, UK.
2008 Art is all over para Madrid tentaciones. Madrid.
2007 Exposición colectiva. Luís Adelantado, Valencia.
2007 Cocido Madrileño en Rojo Máquina. Madrid.
2006 Exposición con Remed. Montana Gallery, Sevilla.
2006 Pseudo. colisée, Lambersart.

2016 Milestone, Girona, España.
2016 Walk and Talk, Azores, Portugal.
2016 Le Dédale, Belvès, Francia.
2016 Street Art Caravan, Safi, Marruecos.
2015 La Escocesa, Barcelona, España.
2015 Bien Urbain, Besançon, Francia.
2015 PopUp festival, Fabriano, Italia.
2014 Villa Ocupada, Nantes, Francia.
2014 Mueca Festival, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.
2014 Un tatuaje en la piel que habito, Sevilla.
2013 Urban form foundation, Lodz, Polonia.
2013 A di città festival, Rosarno, Italia.
2013 StreetKit festival, Moscú.
2013 Living Walls 2013, Atlanta.
2012 Desordes creativas, Ordes Galicia.
2012: Guest Artist I Love Moscow Festival. Moscow, Russia.
2012: Artist invited by the spanish Embassy to paint canvas for Sarajevo's council to
restore the bibliotheka of Vijecnica.
2011: Guest Artist for the Muralissimo´s event , Kiev, Ukraine.
2011: Guest Artist by Greenpeace. Almeria, Spain.
2011: Guest Artist the Six Assault´s Festival, Zaragoza, Spain.
2011: Winner of the category “In situ” the Artaq awards. www.artaq.com
2010: Director and coordinator of Hanoi mosaic project promoted by the Spanish
Embassy in Vietnam.
2009: Performing arts “Piñatas pa´burrir”, Mallorca, Spain. Costumer Fonart.
2009: Development of Urban Image Culture event, Valencia; Spain.
2009: Guest Artist for the event Poliniza, Valencia, Spain.
2008: Guest Artist for the event Viva el Vino, Aranda del Duero, Spain.
2008: Guest Artist for the event Urban Culture, Madrid, Spain.
2008: Development of the image of the event for MTV-Vueling and decoration of a
plane for the company Vueling.
2007: Guest Artist for the event Efímera, Madrid, Spain.
2007: Art performing for Cibeles; Madrid, Spain. Costumer Swatch.
2007: Guest Artist for the event Efímera, Madrid, Spain.
2006: Participation in Eutopia06 Festival, Córdoba, Spain.
2005: Guest Artist in the Aravaca project, Madrid, Spain.
2004: Participation in Braderie de l’art as a guest artits, Roubaix.

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