About The Alternative Parisian

- part street artist, part photojournalist, part chickpea.

Da Cruz makes Le M.U.R. a cure for Paris’ damp and grey skies

Paris graffiti artist, Da Cruz’s artwork can be spotted mainly in the district of La Villette, between Crimee and Ourcq in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, but since yesterday, he is now also highly visible in the 11th arrondissement, having been invited by the l’Association Le M.U.R. to ‘do the honour’.

Quickly, for those unfamiliar with Le M.U.R., it’s a project which revolves around a three by eight metre billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art.

Da Cruz’s iteration is done in his typical, colorful style using very simple shapes, which show strong Latin American and African influences. To keep your attention, we might add here that Da Cruz has previously been invited to exhibit by that other grand contemporary art organisation, Centre Pompidou. (You will find a video about that at the end of the post).

Da Cruz’s playful spray painted artworks he says are “tribal” Latin American-inspired (Mayan, perhaps?) graphics which spring from his many trips to South America and Africa, and his own ethnic heritage. It might make you cringe to mention it, but we will anyway: his street artwork fits perfectly with the neighborhoods in which he paints which also have multiple cultural roots.

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (10)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (2)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (4)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (1)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (6)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (7)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (8)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (3)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (9)

 

Da Cruz - Le M.U.R. - Paris street art and graffiti (5)

 (L-R) Da Cruz and co-founder and Secretary of Le M.U.R., Thomas Scmitt

Da Cruz was involved in a graffiti spectacle, the painting of an old customs house on the Canal de l’Ourcq, which we charted back in September.

Da Cruz has in the past been involved with Paris Face Cachée, an intermittent series of French-language tours that show people Paris’ hidden wonders, including its graffiti and street art. Paris Face Cachée looks brilliant, but if you would like to take an expert graffiti and street art tour in English (as well as French and Portuguese) you should check the tours and workshops offered by us, at Underground Paris.

 

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Le M.U.R. an acronym for l’Association ‘Modulable, Urbain et Réactif’), is at the junction of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint Maur in the 11th Arrondissement, and is refreshed every two weeks. 

The Le M.U.R. association was conceived in 2003 by Jean Faucheur and Thomas Schmitt, and has been a formal association since 2007.

Interview with pro golfer turned artist, Ken Sortais

Artist, Ken Sortais – most visible for his huge graffiti present all over Paris - is currently exhibiting indoors at the London-based, Galleries Goldstein, one year after his solo show at Palais de Tokyo, a consequence of his winning at the 56th edition of Le Salon de Montrouge.

Part of the vanguard Parisian graffiti crew, Peace And Love (PAL), along with Horfe, Sortais’ work is to be found everywhere in the streets of Paris, and most often high up on the rooftops of buildings. Check out our interview with Sortais filmed at the vernissage of his debut London exhibition at the Galleries Goldstein, Princes of Darkness, as follows:

Directed: Hal Arnold

Camera: Adam Singodia

Edit: Matt Owen

Music: Pali Meursault

Research: Fernanda Hinke

Producer: Demian Smith

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Sortais’ art evokes the style of Walt Disney, mixing pop and esoteric references and offering a rich and mysterious world in which to lose onself.

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (2)

Photo: lesmysteresdeparis.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (1)

Photo: lesmysteresdeparis.com

The description of the exhibition available on Galleries Goldstein’s website reads, as follows:

“If your indisposition is a burden, if it affects your life, if it tyrannises you and annihilates your desires, here is an ancestral remedy to cure almost everything, but be careful, it is precarious. This method is not taught in any books and can not be accessible to everyone. To make it work, you need to believe in it. Believe blindly.

“You have to devote yourself to the spirits you will try to call. From this moment, such an act of submission is not accessible to all : prudes, cowards and religious people may rebuff. This is nothing else but black magic, magic that has harmful repercussions on your life and on the ones close to you. In order to act, there is no other choice but to empty yourself from your consciousness : you must sedate it.

“Firstly, you will give birth to eighteen entities, each of them symbolizing evils buried since the beginning of Humanity. Eighteen apostles of evil whom you will know nothing about, whom you should not try to give meaning, but rather materialise as soon as you detect them. These spirits can take different forms, and their representations change according on the person considering them. Their nature is never-changing, buried in the most archaic layer of our minds. Once materialisation is operated, you have to prove allegiance by exposing these evil faces : these forces arrogantly feed themselves vicariously through the individual’s attention, here is the secret of this unusual recovery.

“By flattering the egos of these insatiable visages, you will allow them to enter their own process of creation, and the magic will happen. By entrusting them with a feeling of independence  you will fully prove that you are only the hand submitted to their will… I must recall that this is not an entirely safe experience for you and your loved ones, but past recoverings (sic) have proven the cure’s efficiency… Therefore, after a period of gestation, these small evils will concentrate their energies, all carrying a common will for revenge and you will see, nights after nights, the birth of their univocal venger (sic) arbiter : the golem.

“Protean, and largely capricious, the golem’s power of healing is immense. Traditionally  the spirit would penetrate darkest abysses of individuals to make them vomit on the surface. Do not be shocked or the magic would be shattered. Embrace the interpretation of your real nature. Do not fear recovery anymore.”

Indeed!

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (10)

 Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (3)

  Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (4)

  Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (5)

  Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (6)

  Photo: Adam Singodia copyright 2012

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (7)

 Photo: Adam Singodia copyright 2012 

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (8)

 Photo: Adam Singodia copyright 2012

The exhibition at Galleries Goldstein also includes an accompanying print edition, available through the gallery shop, editions.galleriesgoldstein.com.

To see Sortais’ exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo last year, which took place after he won the Prix du conseil général des Hauts-de-Seine at the prestigious Le Salon de Montrouge, check out the coverage by these guys.

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Galleries Goldstein

20 Coronet Street London, N1 6HD

info@galleriesgoldstein.com

+44 (0) 789 174  6965

Show runs until 12th January, 2013

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 4) FKDL & Göla Hundun interviews

The fourth and final day of the Paris salon to street art, Le M.U.R. de l’Art, and artist interviews with H1010, Mosko et associes, Jana und JS, Göla Hundun, No Rules Corp, Bustart, Beerens, Missy, Kashink, FKDL, Alber, Rensone, looking at the what the future of the street art movement holds in store, and live painting performances.

Sound by
Pail Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Just a note about the footage of the last few days:

It’s been of a commercial artwork exhibition by artists recognised for producing artwork in the streets for free. There is nothing wrong with selling artwork off of the back of a reputation built up in the streets, but the exhibition was nothing to do with street art. When an artist is speaking to people who may want to buy their work the element of generosity inherent in un-commissioned street art – produced as art, rather than as publicity – is removed

The exhibition was organised to raise funds for Le M.U.R., an important platform to promote street artists. The effect of being invited to make Le M.U.R. can be an increased public demand for artwork produced by the artist. All of the artists involved in this exhibition are a particular breed of street artist. Street art is not savvy to the art market, or at least it shouldn’t be in our opinion.

Every one of us must make money to live, and there is a very strong argument that street artists selling artwork to live is better for street art than them working in unrelated jobs that, perhaps, leave not enough time to spend making art.  But commerce degrades the legitimate intentions of unsanctioned street artwork and the last four days we’ve covered this commercial exhibition must be viewed only through these goggles.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art is not street art. Long live Le M.U.R. (and all the fantastic artists involved past, present and future).

Love, peace and prosperity!

 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 3

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles Devoyer, Richard Beban, Fernanda Hinke, Pali Meausault, Cecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 2) Bustart & Zozen interviews

The second day of the grand Parisian street art exhibition, Le M.U.R. de l’Art, organised by l’Association Le M.U.R., in Paris’ Le Marais district, and yet more footage of live art performances and interviews with some of the street art high society, including Rensone & Missy, Bustart, Zozen, Kenoir, H101 & GÖLA HUNDUN.

Sound by
Pali Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Zozen-Kenoir-H101-Gola-Two - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 Gola. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Zozen-Kenoir-H101-Gola-Three - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 Gola. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

YZ - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 YZ Yseult Digan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Woman-with-Kashink-Cow - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Woman with Kashink Cow. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watching-Rensone-and-Missy-Work - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Watching Rensone and Missy work. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Thom-Thom-Photo-of-the-Day - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Thom Thom – Photo of the Day. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Surfil-Signs-for-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Surfil signs for a fan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Stoul - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Stoul. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Smoles-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Smoles booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

SIXO-Draws-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 SIXO draws a fan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

SIXO - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 SIXO. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Reading-the-Entrance-Wall - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Reading the entrance wall. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Paellas-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Paellas booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Corp - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 No Rules Corp. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko-Spying-on-Mesnager - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko spying on Mesnager. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Missy-of-Rensone-and-Missy - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Missy of Rensone and Missy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Mesnager-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mesnager Mural from Thursday. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Le-Cyklop - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Cyklop. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka-with-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka with a Fan - Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink mural from Thursday. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

FKDL - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

FKDL. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Fan-Posing-for-SIXO - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Fan posing for SIXO. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Entering-Paellas-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Entering Paellas booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Gilbert. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Considering-Some-Mosko-Tigers - Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Considering some Mosko Tigers. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Cecile-Filming-Rensone-and-Missy - Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Cecile filming Rensone and Missy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart_Two - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart_One - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bob Jeudy - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bob Jeudy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Best-Fashion-Look - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Best fashion look. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 3

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 1) Beerens & Kashink interviews

The film of art exhibition Le M.U.R. de l’Art in Paris’ Le Marais district  includes footage of live art performances by French street artists, Beerens and Kashink, and interviews on the current commercial trends in the street art movement.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art, organised by l’Association Le M.U.R. - footage from day one of the ‘Paris Salon’ to street art – coverage and artist interviews by Alternative Paris.

Sound by
Pali Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Le M.U.R. de l'Art 2012 (Day 1) French street artists Beerens & Kashink. Photo: Richard Beban (Paris Play)

French street artist, Kashink, performance. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 3

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Paris Salon of ‘street art’ opens in Le Marais

The vernissage of the Salon to French street art, Le MUR de l’Art, last night at l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, and a shameless display of bobo-ism, as France’s hi-soc street art set set up shop in Paris’ fashionable Le Marais district.

Un-elitist by its nature – or so the tagline would go if there was one – art collectors, bloggers, posers, stoners, students, retirees, rich, poor, Yanks, Frogs, Roastbeefs, you name it, they all took advantage of the rum cocktails on offer at this ‘street art’ spectacle, which continues until Sunday evening in the third arrondissment, with funds raised going to the landmark Le M.U.R. project.

We, at Alternative Paris, are covering the entire four day event and interviewing the artists to try and find out some answers behind this burgeoning global street art movement. We’ll be publishing more on our intentions here on our website, but make sure to also follow our Contributing Editor, Fernanda Hinke’s website, My Life on My Bike.

Chanoir street artist - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Chanoir street artist, screen prints a go-go

Teurk, Sambre - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Installation art by Sambre & Loic (Le MUR XIII), & Teurk (concrete block)

Teurk - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Teurk /Valentin (left), creating art magnetically

Le Module de Zeer - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Le Module de Zeer

Jana und JS - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Jana und JS

Dominique Larrivaz - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Dominque Larrivaz

Jérôme Mesnager - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Jérôme Mesnager (and in person top right!)

Tanc - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Tanc

Paella Chimicos - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Paella Chimicos (left) & Alternative Paris, Contributing Editor, Fernanda Hinke (right)

Kashink cash cow - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Cash cow by Kashink

Nice Art - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Nice Art (left)

Thomas Scmitt (middle) JS (Jana und JS) (right) - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Personal pieces of artwork created live for the public by various artists including Thomas Scmitt (middle) JS (Jana und JS) (right)

GÖLA HUNDUN - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by GÖLA HUNDUN

Rero - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Rero

Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

 

Paella Chimicos - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

 Paella Chimicos (left)

Chanoir (right) - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Chanoir (right)

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden. The three day exhibition will include the following activities:

1. All 50 artists will have access to the space to lead their workshops

(canvas, performances, installations…)

2. Presentation of the unique “400 ML Project” under the supervision of artist Gautier Jourdain, 400 cans of paint customised by 400 international artists over the last two years.

3. Musical performances on site at all times, orchestrated by VOODOÖO

4. Every day, four 20x8ft canvases will be created and displayed at the entrance of l’Espace des Blancs Manteaux

5. An outside wall of the building will be open for creation, thanks to the support of the Mairie du IV (Townhall of the third arrondissment)

6. An opening night will take place on the evening of Nov. 7th, open to all, at l’Espace des Blancs Manteaux. And an after party at Le Scop Club, 5 avenue de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris. The line up includes Voodoöo, Tanc, RCF1 and many more…

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Facebook Event page

Opening: Wednesday 7th November 2012, from 6pm.

Private view with the artists reserved for journalists, November 7th from 3pm to 5pm

Address: Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux

48 rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Paris

Metro : Saint Paul / Hôtel de Ville

Contact

Le M.U.R. located, 8 rue général Renault, 75011 Paris

Président : Bob Jeudy

Press contact: Amandine Radigue (tel: + 33 (0)67 4311 170)

 

Le M.U.R de L’ART exhibition and performances by 50 urban artists

Le M.U.R de L’ART, a three day affair, an exhibition of work by 50 urban artists, with ongoing workshops and performances, is being organised by the association of Le M.U.R., a non-profit artistic collective which has become a reference within the street art world, and a reiteration of an event attended by more than 15,000 people in 2010.

Between the 8th and 11th of November the world renowned art project, which revolves around a former advertising billboard set aside for the purpose of promoting street art in Paris’ 11th arrondissment, is holding this unusual indoors exhibition.

Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux. Alternative Paris

 

The opening takes place on Wednesday 7th November at 6pm. There will be workshops, performances and creations by 50 urban artists at the l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, a beautiful 900m2 historic 15th Century space in the Le Marais district in Paris’ third arrondissment.

Mur being the French word for ‘wall’, the association heads up the institutionalised space for urban art (sounds terrible, yes) born from Paris’ free expressionists, illegal street artists, high-minded individuals, often against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers, and who have spent their artistic careers hijacking these spaces with artworks.

Thomas Schmitt and Jean Faucheur were the two founders of Le M.U.R., but the co-collaborators in Paris’  billboard takeover scene of the past decade run into the dozens. For example, in 2002 an orchestrated campaign of illegal billboard hijacking took place, Une Nuit, where around 60 billboard-sized artworks were prepared by around 60 artists in an art squat in Paris over three months, and pasted up just around the eleventh arrondissment (the home of Le M.U.R.) in one night (and a day).

The above campaign was the preamble to the creation of the association, which now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris (Paris Townhall). Each artist who is invited to ‘make’ Le M.U.R. is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and every two weeks a new artwork replaces the previous, thus perpetuating the principle of ephemeral street art. The Le M.U.R de L’ART exhibition fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists

As well as promoting the artists, all fifty of whom have previously made Le M.U.R., however, the event will also raise funds for the association. Since Le M.U.R. was formalised in 2007 more than 120 artists have been invited to the wall, and in 2012 the initiative broke out of its original frame. Le M.U.R in the 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic stance towards urban art – see our coverage on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth of these open-air museums was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden. The three day exhibition will include the following activities:

1. All 50 artists will have access to the space to lead their workshops

(canvas, performances, installations…)

2. Presentation of the unique “400 ML Project” under the supervision of artist Gautier Jourdain, 400 cans of paint customised by 400 international artists over the last two years.

3. Musical performances on site at all times, orchestrated by VOODOÖO

4. Every day, four 20x8ft canvases will be created and displayed at the entrance of l’Espace des Blancs Manteaux

5. An outside wall of the building will be open for creation, thanks to the support of the Mairie du IV (Townhall of the third arrondissment)

6. An opening night will take place on the evening of Nov. 7th, open to all, at l’Espace des Blancs Manteaux. And an after party at Le Scop Club, 5 avenue de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris. The line up includes Voodoöo, Tanc, RCF1 and many more…

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Facebook Event page

Opening: Wednesday 7th November 2012, from 6pm.

Private view with the artists reserved for journalists, November 7th from 3pm to 5pm

Address: Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux

48 rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Paris

Metro : Saint Paul / Hôtel de Ville

Contact

Le M.U.R. located, 8 rue général Renault, 75011 Paris

Président : Bob Jeudy

Press contact: Amandine Radigue (tel: + 33 (0)67 4311 170)

SMOLE makes Le M.U.R. & Gerard Zlotykamien show ends

French graffiti artist, SMOLE, working at Le M.U.R. last Thursday was an extremely pleasant way to witter away a part of the afternoon.

Heartily committed to the cause of this open-sky museum, come rain or shine, but this time relaxing in the sunshine on the terrace at the Cafe Place Verte, team Le M.U.R. watched on as SMOLE sprayed his way to become one of the more than 120 artists to have made Le M.U.R., which revolves around a former advertising billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art, since its inauguration in 2007.

SMOLE comes from Montpellier in the south of France and for the past 15 years has worked in the tradition of New York graffiti, an an avid painter of rolling stock, even serving time in prison for his favoured medium of artistic expression.

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (5)

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (6)

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

Meanwhile, as the sunshine pierced through plumes of spraypaint fumes emanating from SMOLE’s three by eight metre letters  being painted at the Parisian art project seventy-five year old street artist, Gerard Zlotykamien’s indoors exhibition organised by Galerie Mathgoth across the road on rue St Maur, wound down.

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (2)

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (3)

Zlotykamien began painting in 1955 and met Yves Klein. His first street intervention dates from 1963. His drawings he believes evoke human shadows of the kind that were printed onto the walls after the Hiroshima explosion.

Gerard Zlotykamien inagurates Le MUR - 105 rue Oberkampf, 75011, Paris. Photo: Le MUR

 Le M.U.R. #1 made by Gerard Zlotykamien in 2007 at 105 rue Oberkampf. Photo: l’association Le M.U.R

Sten & Lex exhibition at Magda Danysz Gallery

Sten & Lex opened their first solo exhibition last night at Paris’ most venerable street art dealership, the Magda Danysz Gallery. The produce by this duo from Rome and Taranto in Italy, is slick as expected, and with price tags to match.

Considered as the pioneers of urban stencil art in Italy, their work is a mixture of stencil and op art, formed from thousands of strips of paper which comprise portraits of people either photographed by the artists, found among family albums or merely anonymous people – these portraits we understand are in the latter category, photos from the 60s and 70s.

Prices were between €1,800 and €20,000.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (13)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (5)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (14)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (8)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (6)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

Sten & Lex take impressionism as a starting reference in describing their works: “painting en plein air was particularly important to the impressionists,” said the artists in a statement about their work published on the Magda Danysz Gallery website. They added, however, that they are mainly influenced by silk-screen printing and pixel-based printing.

Earlier in the year Alternative Paris featured Sten & Lex when they made the prestigious Le M.U.R. (Association Le Modulable Urbain Reactif) in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, the Parisian art project which revolves around a three by eight metre billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art. See their Le M.U.R. here.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (9)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

Gallery owner, Magda Danysz, opened her first art space in 1991 and has published an extensive anthology about street art entitled From style writing to art. In addition to her career as an art dealer, she has pursued a consulting career working for the likes of French retail group Carrefour, and had appointments with the Ministry of Culture, Christie’s, the Theatre Marigny, the Nantes Museum, and the Louvre. Since 2001 she has also taught cultural policy and economics at Sciences Po in Paris.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (4)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (12)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (3)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (10)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (7)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (1)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (11)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (2)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

The show runs from 18 October, 2012 to 10 November, 2012
Magda Danysz Gallery – 78, rue Amelot, Paris 75011

Madame (Moustache) Paris exhibition vernissage

A vernissage-cum-soirée with Madame (Moustache) at clothing shop, d’Hotel Manufacture, last night and a meeting of two of Paris’ most talked about wheatpaste street artists.

Madame wears no moustache, rather, she is feminine and attractive in tight denim jeans. Fred le Chevalier, the first knight of Paris street art, a fan, was also on hand, giving support – both artists currently working hardest at decorating Paris’ public spaces.

The intent of these photos, taken by Richard Beban & Paris Play, is to honour Madame’s stylistic conceit for the black and white in her artwork. Some of the photos are by Guetteur Urbain.

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 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

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 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

Madame expo Paris - poster street art - Alternative Paris. Photo: Guetteur Urbain (http://www.facebook.com/guetteur.urbain) Copyright 2012

Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

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 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

Madame expo Paris - poster street art - Alternative Paris. Photo: Guetteur Urbain (http://www.facebook.com/guetteur.urbain) Copyright 2012

Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

The artworks on display: a mixture of collage and painting - Madame using posters with the addition of her distinctive moustachioed logo stenciled on afterwards using spray paint. Her street art uses the medium of the paste-up to its fullest effect.

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Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

Madame expo Paris - poster street art - Alternative Paris. Photo: Guetteur Urbain (http://www.facebook.com/guetteur.urbain) Copyright 2012

Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

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Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

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