Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 3) Alber & Macay interviews

Phew! Saturday and the third day of  Le M.U.R. de l’Art organised by l’Association Le M.U.R., happening in the trendy Le Marais district in Paris, where fashion meets art and falafel. Check out the below footage, including interviews and performances by Alber, Macay & No Rules Corp.

Sound by
Pail Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Home of orthodox jews and the biggest gay community in the French capital, Le Marais is also the stage for the infamous graffiti artist Kidult and many of his sharp sentences, written on the shop fronts of luxury fashion retailers, with a paint-filled fire extinguisher.

The show is, of course, a contrast, the contrast being that the show is inside, while street art is expected to be outside. An issue for street art universe, that we have been discussing with the artists during the event in our studio at Rue de Rosiers in Le Marais, for a documentary on street art on which we are working, currently.

During the event we could often see children delighting in watching artists using their spray cans – a generation that will grow up without any judgment or prejudice of this way of making art.

Today, Sunday the last day of the French salon for street-art. If you are in Paris don’t miss it!

Below, are some of the best moments of from yesterday at Le Mur de L’Art 2012: live performances, artists working and signing for fans in their booths, and some pictures of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary.

Kenor_Zosen_H101_Gola_Saturday 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 GÖLA HUNDUNPhoto: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

The-Room-Saturday 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

Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay-Mural-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

Macay mural. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay-Mural-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

Macay. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Mural-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

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

No-Rules-Corp-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

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

JS-und-Jana 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

JS und Jana (Jana und JS) Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Chanoir-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

Chanoir. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Volunteers_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

Team Le M.U.R. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Rensone-in-Rensone-and-Missy-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

Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Ella-and-Pitr-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

Ella & Pitr booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 2

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 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

————

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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Madame exhibition Facebook page

d’Hotel Manufacture

56 rue Volta 75003 Paris

Métro Arts et Metiers/Temple

www.madamemoustache.fr

Kashink paints Le M.U.R. and the Parisian autumn starts

Women being rare in the street art world, yesterday, and the beginning of my first Parisian autumn, to mark the occasion I went to Le M.U.R. (Association Le Modulable Urbain Reactif) - 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 -  to see French street artist Kashink’s performance.

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (3)

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (9)

Wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the work of Jean-Michel-Basquiat and a faux moustache above her delicate lips, Kashink distributed sincere smiles to an appreciative audience gathered at the wall in Paris 11th arrondissement, who watched her hands sliding around holding spray cans, drawing with sweet colours her unmistakable characters.

Kashink paints huge protean figures with multiple eyes, men mostly, or Mexican skulls, all in a colourful graphic style, away from traditional references to female graffiti. Inspired by Frida Kahlo and the “Bad Painting” of Basquiat and Keith Haring, among the themes that are usual to her, these include taboo subjects, such as homosexuality, the status of women, and death.

The number thirteen can be seen in her Le M.U.R., representing the character’s third eye, and is also Kashink’s lucky number, she explained me. Also seen is the phrase, “Okay Mom I will”, which relates to a mum’s concerns with her son and his response being boring, but positive.  What she really likes is for people to look at her drawings and feel stimulated to create their own meanings.

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (8)

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (6)

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (2)

Le M.U.R. is always a good place to meet friends, special people, and to exchange ideas with other lovers of urban art. I guess Kashink painted the huge six by four metre panel in around eight hours, of which I enjoyed three hours, yesterday. However, after being chilled by the cold sensation of the autumn air, sadly, I left before she finished the work, but then I came back this morning to take pictures of the work.

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (5)

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (7)

Thanks to a beautiful surprise from the Universe this morning! While writing this article beside Le M.U.R. at the Café Charbon I met Kashink still working on her painting that was supposed to be finished yesterday. I had the pleasure to talk with her again and receive her explanation of the work. I asked her to sign my bike and as always, smiling, she gave me this beautiful gift. Thirteen thanks for the beautiful performance of Kashink!

Kashink Le M.U.R. urban art, Paris - Oberkampf - Alternative Paris. Photo: Fernanda Schweichler (10)

Interview with spiritual-mystic Paris graffiti artist L’Atlas

Ten years after France’s ‘mini-revolution’ of 1968, former French street artist L’Atlas was born, hence there became a new force in graffiti on the streets of Paris, a pastiche of graffiti, ancient typography, Greek mythology and eastern spiritualism.

Until recently, L’Atlas fought the ‘good fight’ of putting up art in the urban space without first asking for permission, mixed with a, perhaps, healthy level of egotism, but now makes art just to sell at galleries in New York, London, Milan.

Based in an artists ‘atelier’ in Paris’ Belleville neighbourhood, Fernanda Schweichler went to meet and interview L’Atlas for her blog, My Life on My Bike, and has kindly published a version of the interview she made, here, with Alternative Paris.

L’Atlas billboard takeover in Paris

L’Atlas graffiti: his formal calligraphy training being put into practice illegally. Notice the work underneath by Paris ‘first generation’ stencillist, Nemo. Photo: Jojo Blogs

L’Atlas pastes up work at 105 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement, now the site of the institutionalised space for urban art, Le M.U.R.

One of L’Atlas’ “seven daughters”, the first seven canvases he painted which he takes with him on his travels.

A student of archaeology and calligraphy, L’ Atlas’ (real name is Jules Dedet Granel) began tagging his name on Paris’ streets in the early 90’s. Particularly interested in Sufism and writing geometric codes which he then transposes into the Latin alphabet, he switched mediums in 2001, from using spray cans to using Scotch tape (Sellotape).

Always attracted by mysticism and travel, his artistic approach was marked from childhood by books on astronomy and geography. After marking the floors and walls of the city with huge compasses and labyrinths, L’Atlas’ work took the path of kinetic art and geometric abstraction.

No longer working in the street, today L’Atlas is represented by galleries around the world in Paris, New York, Milan, London and Marrakesh.

You took the name of a titan in Greek mythology. How do you feel connected with this representation?

During my archaeology studies I learned about Greek mythology and middle-eastern spirituality. It fascinated me and I thought it was a good idea to mix this mythology with something contemporary. Because the atlas is a universal form that everybody understands, I let it really influence my work.

How did you first become interested in the cosmos, earth and geography?

I was attracted to things around energy, like the earth and the cosmos, and I used to do Tai Chi Chuan, which opened my contact with the energy of the universe. I think life is energy and also calligraphy is energy, painting is the translation of pure energy.

For me there is no difference between the universe and painting. When you look at a map, the universe and cosmos are geographic landscapes in a balance. In my paintings I’m looking to rediscover the balance of the landscapes and cosmos.

How did you start to learn Arabic Calligraphy?

I started to learn Latin calligraphy in 1996 and afterwards I began to learn Arabic calligraphy in Morocco, Cairo and Syria during 3 years, between 1998 and 2000, each time with a different master. The first time in Morocco, I learned classic calligraphy. I learned 9 or 10 different styles and the year after I came back to Cairo to make a documentary about calligraphy.

This time was the beginning of my art and when I was doing my first ideograms, trying to find a balance between the letters and the form.  In 2000 I made my first exhibition with a video of calligraphy.

L’Atlas billboard hijacking

One of the “Seven Daughters”, India

Photo: The Street Art Blog

In 2001 you stopped to use spray can and discovered the use of Scotch tape. How was this transition and what fascinated you to give confidence to start using this material?

Scotch tape is something I use to make straight lines. Also, the old painters used it to make letter forms. I was also working in the cinema in 2001 and in cinema you use tape to fix the cables and stuff, so I began to steal some as it was perfect for me to make the links with geometry. With tape you don’t have to draw something so the line is already there. I like this concept of the tape being physical.

Can you tell me about your street art projects, in photography, printing onto the ground, and with compasses?

Since I was a child I was looking at the forms of the city, especially geometric forms. The manhole cover influenced my work with graffiti and calligraphy.  I like the idea that I’m going to enter into this format and stay there.

In 2000 the city hall decided to clean away all of the graffiti and street art in Paris. It was really strange, overnight they cleaned everything. I felt confused and lost in the city in which I grew up. That’s why I started to make the compass, to find my own directions in the city again. It was a joke for me.

I also liked the idea that people think that those pieces were ordered by the city, like something really legal commissioned by the city or a museum, because it is useful and normally in front of a subway, people were confused by that.  Of course, today all of that disappeared and I knew that when you’re making ephemeral actions like this it is going to provoke something.

People use to come to me frequently and ask me: “what are these?”. For me was a good excuse to go to the streets to meet people, speak and have a relationship with them. Because I love to go to street, work all day long and make pictures. I’m not a photographer but I like to go to street with my canvas and make pictures of that

Why do you use to work in black and white?

I’ve been working in black and white for 15 years. I don’t feel like a painter, I’m a calligrapher and I also make pictures. I use letters and text on my work that is also black and white. It’s really optical as when you see something in black and white there is an optical vibration. What I want to express are the pure things, the essence of things. Nowadays, one by one I’ll add colours, some red, some fluorescent. During seven years, I used to say to journalists that I was colour blind, just because the truth was too boring: “why do you just work in black and white?” And people use to say, this guy doesn’t see colours. It was a game for me.

My current exhibition, at the Musée en Herbe in Paris, is called Persistence, and includes works whereby I’ve added light in a way that plunges the viewer into a fluorescent atmosphere.

One of the “Seven daughters” , Moscow

You are influenced by Hakim Bey, the researcher of Sufism. What do you think about this philosophy of self-knowledge and interaction with God? Do you follow any religion?

I don’t believe in God, I believe in a stronger energy and I am trying to follow this energy. I’m very sensitive to feel the energy inside places.  That’s why in my work I use tape because if you use stencil, for example, you make the same size everywhere but when you use tape, I can have a good proportion for each place that I will work, after I see and feel the place.

Normally, before starting to work for a show in a gallery, I need to see the place. I try to make something special for this space. This is a very exciting part of a show. I’m an intuitive artist, so I can’t create a good show without seeing and feeling the place.

I use to read a lot of books about Taoism and I feel connected with this philosophy, where everyone can find their own personality and that even in this philosophy there are no rules, it’s flexible, different to the monotheistic religions, which don’t respect your individuality.

In your manifesto you say that you have your “seven daughters”, or seven canvases that you always take on your travels around the world. What does it mean to you?

It’s about my first seven canvases that I did in 2001. In Greek mythology Atlas has seven daughters, and the constellation of Pleiades is the symbol of the universe in movement.  My idea was to travel with the canvases and make pictures of them everywhere, in each city that I passed by, always in the same way. I used to do it with graffiti when I was working on the street. With the seven daughters it’s the same thing because my name is painted onto the canvases. It’s the most ephemeral action that you can do on the streets.

On the other side it was to provoke the story of art and the way we value it. Normally canvases are very well protected and well packed, like a sacred thing. I want to break that rule, that’s why I never protect the “seven daughters”, they always travel like people there are scratches on them, like us. My idea is to transform those pieces into human beings.

In the beginning, 10 years ago, I use to travel with the seven canvases. Nowadays, I travel with just one or two, because I have problems with my back. But I always change the pieces, because I don’t want that they become jealous.

I’m editing a book, which being released soon, with 400 pictures from 40 cities with the seven daughters.

L’Atlas, Strasbourg. Photo: Fat cap

L’Atlas creates a giant compass in front of the Pompidou Centre, the world-class modern art museum. The compass was in response to a crackdown on graffiti by the Paris authorities, which left him feeling lost in the city

How do you mix the street and the gallery, what distinctions do you make between the two?

I’m trying to mix the two things. I have to say that it’s cool what’s happening with street art today, but it didn’t make any sense in 2001. At this time, it was really good to do it because nobody was doing it that much. But now, it’s a kind of a trend, I mean you just put two stickers up on the street and you’re a street artist.

But street art didn’t come from another planet, graffiti and street artists know the history of art, they just created a new movement with that knowledge. It regroups all the people who make photos or pictures or stencils or graffiti, and it’s a specific movement for me because in their own way people working in the street continue to develop the art. It’s important for me to say that, even if at this time my work is more a “studio work”, sometimes I spend one month just on one canvas.

I make the choice to work with galleries, but sometimes I need to go to the street and make big things, big walls. Sometimes I miss the street because before I had the right balance between the street and the studio. Now I’m working in a big studio with Tanc and another artist. I work for several galleries around the world so I’ve to spend a lot of time to create exhibitions. The street is a good thing to show your art, because if you sell a canvas, maybe 50 people will see it, but if you work is on the streets, maybe a thousand people or more will see it.

What I mean is that the power of the walls is huge. Writing a name, using graffiti, for example, is a really a strong action. It was really natural for me. I had the opportunity to create my own show with Agnes B. when I was 21 just because I used to tag her truck in front of her gallery. So that’s why one of my favourite quotes is, “actions speak louder than words”.

Inside of L’Atlas’ studio in Belleville in the 20th arrondissement