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