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Street Artist RUBBISH for Le M.U.R. in Paris

Rubbish, the French Street Artist who can work for endless hours to finely cut paper as intricately as lace, is taking his turn at the Le M.U.R wall in Paris right now.  Still pretty new to the scene, the Besançon based artist has a meticulous cutting method influenced by painting, mythology, even Art Nouveau. Recent portraiture subjects have been poets from the Beat Generation like Burroughs, Kerouac, Ginsberg, but he is more of an emotional romantic than they were.

Rubbish (photo © Laurence Pierrain-Mateudi)

With his first solo show in November at Le Cabinet d’Amateur, this guys’ work may remind you of Swoon’s paper cutting in the late 2000s and his portraits have a forlorn quality found in the subjects of French stencilist C215.  Whatever his influences, he is clearly still exploring and he happily covered selected regions of this 8 meter x 3 meter wall with with a certain organic symmetry in placing these large works of cut paper on a cold late January day. According to Jean Emmanuel Voltz, who curated this choice, this kind of Rubbish is a “Good discovery”.

Rubbish. Detail. (photo © Laurence Pierrain-Mateudi)

Rubbish. Detail. (photo © Laurence Pierrain-Mateudi)

Rubbish (photo © Laurence Pierrain-Mateudi)

Rubbish. Detail. (photo © Laurence Pierrain-Mateudi)

Rubbish (photo © Laurence Pierrain-Mateudi)

To learn more about RUBBISH’s work click here.

To learn more about Le M.U.R. click here.

 

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Fat Riot Invades Montmartre Streets in Paris

Wheat-Pasting Botero, David Gouny Rolls Out a New Collection

Like a tray of hot chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies these one-off hand painted wheat pastes have been just been served in the area of Montmartre to the streets of Paris. A Botero for the urban art fan, Street Artist David Gouny has specialized in plumply chunky everyday characters and idealized rotund super sheroes in bikinis and high heels in top-down convertibles since the mid-2000s.

David Gouny. Montmartre, Paris 2012. (photo © David Gouny)

Often comical, fashionable, or even erotic, the strutting ladies in Gouny’s scenes can be comical in their placement or tableau. With this little chubby collection Gouny appears to widen his family of characters to include a more cultural references than previously- including one Russian hatted tribute to the activists Pussy Riot. As ever, the central focus continues as the heralded full-figured gals he loves who have so much to offer.

David Gouny. Montmartre, Paris 2012. (photo © David Gouny)

David Gouny. Montmartre, Paris 2012. (photo © David Gouny)

David Gouny. Montmartre, Paris 2012. (photo © David Gouny)

David Gouny. Montmartre, Paris 2012. (photo © David Gouny)

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Galerie Itinerrance Presents: LUDO “Metal Militia” (Paris, France)

LUDO

“I’ve been working hard this summer and I’m pleased to let you know that I have a solo show opening next week, first time ever showing in my home town Paris.
The show is called “Metal Militia”, opening september 14th at Galerie Itinerrance.
It’s a mix of canvases, this is the first time I’ll be showing big works on canvases plus pieces on paper and sculptures. All the pieces are graphite and oil painting”. LUDO

LUDO (image © Courtesy of the artist)

Au travers de son oeuvre Ludo relie le monde des plantes et des animaux avec notre univers technologique et  notre « quête de modernité », il observe l’humanité, déchiffre notre société afin de mieux s’exprimer dans les limites qu’elle impose.
Ses premières incursions dans l’art de rue ont eu lieu il y a plus de 10 ans. Il se tourne vers le collage en 2007 afin de maintenir une approche transgressive tout en se protégeant des peines juridiques les plus sévères.
« Revanche de la Nature ». Le titre inquiétant de sa série convient à son contenu : un nouvel ordre, dans lequel la faune et la flore se sont métamorphosés en des organismes hybrides, des créatures chimériques qui s’approprient les attributs de notre société, afin de reprendre leur place sur notre planète.
Des caméras de sécurité s’échappent des pistils d’un lis ; les abeilles voltigent, cachées derrière masques à gaz, des crânes humains se regroupent pour former une grappe de  raisin.

Tirées avec précision d’illustrations botaniques,

LUDO (image © Courtesy of the artist)

7bis, rue R. Goscinny 75013 Paris
Visite sur Rendez vous au (+33)06 19 98 06 33
Métro Ligne 14/ RER C  Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

 

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On The Road With Nanook, Ever, Sten & Lex Through Italy and France

What did you do this summer? We’re starting off the week with a colorful and detailed travelog  from Rosanna Bach, who really gives BSA readers a sense of the experience for Street Artists who go to distant places to create their art on walls for fun and festivals. Thanks to Rosanna as photographer and contributor, here you have an opportunity to spend some time in Italy traveling with Ever, Nanook, Sten & Lex as they go from Rome to Foligno, Italy. She documents their participation for the second edition of Attack Festival and captures the artists working under the scorching sun and in intimate, quiet settings. In this BSA exclusive Rosanna also put in words her summer experiences as she leaves Foligno for Paris where she documented EVER as he participated in Le Mur.

Roma to Foligno. We de-board the train and are about to exit the station when Ever waves me back. Sten is scuttling back and forth in the train like a trapped hamster. We thought he was stuck in there looking for an open door so we wave him over to the open door but he does not get out. He is struck with confusion as different orders fly from different directions. Meanwhile, the passengers are hanging over the windows to see what all the fuss is about.

Mission accomplished; Laptop is retrieved.

Barely begun, this trip already seems promising.

Ever. Roma to Foligno. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Foligno, Italy. This was once called the “Centre of the World” because the Pope had supposedly kept his treasury here in the 15th century. It is certainly a beautiful place, although considerably more modest than its name implies. This is where we would spend the next five days and would be introduced to the “Hurdi Gurdi”. It is also a place where it seems that the solution to every problem was, “Lets go have a coffee”.

Sten & Lex, Nanook, and Ever had been painting together at the Open Walls Festival in Baltimore just a few months back. Three very different artists, from three corners of the world, were here meeting again in the “Centre of the World” for the second ever “Attack Festival”.  Upon arrival we learn that we have arrived early. Two months early!

In September Foligno’s Attack Festival will be graced by the likes of; 108, Andrea Abbatangelo, Achille, Airone,  Bol 23,  Danilo Bucchi, Stefano Canto,  Mario Consiglio, Diamond TTS, Alberto Di Fabio, Ericailcane, Hitnes, Hogre,  JB Rock, Kindergarten,Lucamaleonte, Martina Merlini&Tellas, Roman Minin, Moneyless, Ozmo, Alice Pasquini, Cristiano Petrucci, David Pompili, David Eron Salvadei, Ale Senso, Sten&Lex.

Main Square, Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Nanook, Ever and Sten & Lex check out their new walls. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Sten & Lex. The two Italians have been working together for more then 10 years and are considered kind of the “Mama and Papa of stencil” in Italy where their current style consists of “stencil posters”; large scale wheat pasted portraits that they hand-cut intricate patterns onto. They usually use portraits of strangers, however this piece was of a friend’s brother who had taken his own life.  They will return in September for round two.

Sten & Lex, Foligno, Italy. (photo © Federica Tega)

Sten & Lex, Foligno, Italy. (photo © Federica Tega)

Nanook.  Fairly new to the street art scene (painting large scale for a year or so), he has left his studio that he used to share with “Gaia” back in Baltimore for new adventures in the old-world. He has been recording on paper his plan as he goes (from Berlin to Budapest and now Italy) “I feel so privileged to even be able to paint in this town, with all this history and the beautiful buildings”, he writes.

A calm and humble figure, he is constantly knocking out new sketches, whether using black ink or espresso in his black notebook, leaving no time for siestas. His hunger to learn is energizing; “I would just love to work and learn from an old master like they have here in Italy”.

As his style evolves playing by with realism, abstract lines and shapes, it will be very interesting to see how this young artist grows. In this piece he incorporated the shape of Umbria, the region in which Foligno lies. Now he is a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires. Lets see what happens…

Nanook “Siesta Time”. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Nanook. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Argentine artist Ever creates the most political work out of the three.

It must be a challenge to try and explain yourself in a foreign language that; you are not actually a devoted worshipper of Mao Tse Tung but that you are in fact talking about human contradiction, how in times of crisis people always seem to be convinced that the opposite is the solution. For example, as a result of the current decline of the capitalist system, many are swaying towards the left side of the political spectrum. “We are looking outward into one room. But why don’t we go to another room to find new solutions?” asks Ever.

Ever. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Ever. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Paint bucket. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Nanook, Ever. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

As passers stopped to comment, Nanook looks frazzled and Ever lets them ramble on for minutes without a clue what they are talking about. “Si si bene bene grazie, bon journi!” he’d reply to them and they’d be on their way.

The language barrier doesn’t seem to faze this one character though. He is here to stay with his beloved Hurdi Gurdi. “We make artistic exchange!” he cries.

The Hurdi Gurdi. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Nanook, Ever. Foligno, Italy. (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Once the 3 x 5 meter mural was finished I was expecting some sort of a scream of joy or something like that, but Ever just said: “I am always dissatisfied with a wall when I finish it. I never like it at first.”

We go from a scorching roadside in Foligno to “Le Mur” beside a trendy café in Montmartre, Paris. One of the few legal walls in Paris – it is a billboard-style space that a new artist is invited to paint every two weeks. “It is really hard to paint here in Paris, especially big walls,” Ever explains.

Paris. The place where Ever has spent the last 2 months, and where he lived for a while back in 2010. Paris was the turning point for him; he began to inject politics into his art. “Paris is a political place for me”.

Ever. Le Mur. Paris (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Ever. “Free Tibet” Detail. Le Mur. Paris (photo © Rosanna Bach)

After just one night the wall was tagged and “Free Tibet” stickers had been stuck on the soldiers’ suits. “No, no this is good, this is France, it’s a good thing when the people react. We leave them on. This is like a conversation with the people.”

Ever. “Free Tibet”. Le Mur. Paris (photo © Rosanna Bach)

A lady who must have been about 80 years old appeared on day one, and whipped out a huge DSLR camera from her purse. She returned there everyday since. She even brought photographs she had taken of the process and took the time to hand write the date and place on each photograph.

Ever. “Free Tibet” Le Mur. Paris (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Ever. “Free Tibet” Le Mur. Paris (photo © Rosanna Bach)

Why are you guys doing this?!” An agitated pedestrian asked me hastily. Once I explained that concept to him he replied, reassured; “Oh I see, it’s meant to be provocative.”

Ever. “Free Tibet”. Le Mur. Paris (photo © Rosanna Bach)

From what I understand, after listening to countless conversations about street art, these artists are really looking for long term investors for their work, not just fast money. They’re resisting becoming a passing phase only to be dropped like a hot potato after this street art wave dies down. Fame seems to be irrelevant – but if it is a by-product then so be it. “I don’t like business, I just want to paint”, Ever says.

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Many thanks to Rosanna Bach for her diligence, passion and her talents.

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Festival Bien Urbain 2012 (Besançon, France)

Bien Urbain

Pour cette deuxième édition, une douzaine d’artistes investissent l’es- pace public bisontin, plus particulièrement le quartier Battant et le cam- pus de la Bouloie. Peintures murales, installations et aussi parcours sous casque, vitrine interactive et performance, ces interventions ur- baines transversales proposent de nouveaux regards sur notre quoti- dien. BIEN URBAIN se crée sur un mois et demi et s’improvise par né- cessité : les rencontres, les anecdotes, les surprises (et la météo !) sont autant de moteurs pour les artistes et les bénévoles. Au fil des jours, des parcours artistiques se créent, et les visites ouvertes à tous sont prétextes à la discussion et au débat.

— CREATIONs INsITU

Peintures, installations, oeuvres multimédia dans le quartier battant, sur le campus de la bouloie

— vIsITEs ACCOMpAGNéEs

Visites encadrées par un(e) médiateur(trice); Basées sur l’interprétation des visiteurs

— ChEz URBAIN

Librairie spécialisée, lieu de rencontre

— CONFéRENCE

avec Javier Abarca artiste, enseignant à l’Université de Madrid

Mark jENKINs
et sandra FERNANDEz (USA), hYURO (Argentine), MOMO (USA),
ElTONO (France),
EsCIF (Espagne),
sAM3 (Espagne), Agostino IACURCI (Italie), Guillaume BERTRAND (France), pascal RUEFF (France), Graffiti Research lab (France), pascal RUEFF (France),
jIEM (France),
Caroline AMOROs & Co (France)

— OUvERTURE

☞Jeudi 6 septembre – 19h – Place Marulaz

Ouverture de Chez Urbain + Première mise à jour de la carte + Lancement de Pas de porte à céder + Mise en circulation des casques de la promenade son- ore Enfance #5 + Présentation des créations du Graffiti Research Lab France !

— vIsITEs

☞RDV Chez Urbain À pied (environ 1h – 1h30) : mer. et dim à 18h, sam. à 14h

— RENCONTREs AvEC lEs ARTIsTEs ☞RDV Chez Urbain pascal RUEFF,

autour de ses créations sonores 3D sous casques

En vélo (environ 2h) : Tous les mardis à 18h

jIEM,

autour de son projet Outside the Box

Guillaume BERTRAND,

☞Vendredi 7 septembre à 18h ☞Vendredi 14 septembre à 18h

autour de son installation interactive Pas de porte à céder

☞Vendredi 21 septembre à 18h

pRO- GRAMME

L’ensemble de Bien Urbain est en accès libre et gratuit.
Du 6 septembre au 6 octobre, ouverture de Chez Urbain, lieu de rendez-vous pour les visites des parcours.

— CRéATIONs IN sITU

Les artistes interviendront pendant un mois sur deux quartiers de Besançon : Battant et le campus de la Bouloie. Bâtiments du CROUS, passages ignorés, maisons individuelles, rues ou places publiques seront le théâtre des inter- ventions éphémères ou pérennes.

— ChEz URBAIN

☞À l’angle de la Place Marulaz et de la rue de l’École.  ☞Du lundi au samedi, de 14h à 20h

– prêt de casques pour découvrir la pièce Enfance #5 de Pascal RUEFF. – librairie spécialisée : une sélection d’ouvrages traitant

d’interventions urbaines – rencontres avec les artistes

– mise à jour de la carte les 6 et 22 sept. et le 6 oct. à partir de 18h – informations

http://bien-urbain.fr/

 

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OX Takes Over Billboards With Humor and Disarming Simplicity

As free standing well placed street furniture, commercial billboards provide their own framing device for anyone who would like to communicate their message and increasingly their use in the public sphere is being debated. Billboard “takeovers” have often been the purview of “culture jammers” or “ad busters” since at least the 1970s, where the intent is to hijack the original commercial message to illuminate a social or political one. In more recent years a number of more traditional artists have been simply reclaiming this private message space as a canvas, an opportunity to display a bit of individual creativity.

OX in Troyes, France. July 2012. (photo © OX)

In new billboard takeovers from French Street Artist OX, the billboard is part of a visual conversation with its environment. Other times his geometric simplicity stands on its own without commentary but typically his ingenious incorporation of context brings the simple takeover to serve a higher purpose than drawing attention to itself. By treating the billboard as an element in a holistic field of play, a passerby may see everything around it in a new perspective, or see it for the first time. Without lecturing, this visual humorist opens the conversation about the appropriate use of public space for messages, and art.

OX in Troyes, France. July 2012. (photo © OX)

OX in Brooklyn. Spring 2010. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

OX in Brooklyn. Spring 2010. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Galerie Magda Danysz Presents: Vhils Solo Show (Paris, France)

Vhils

Vhils. Miami 2011. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vhils Solo Show Paris

From 23 June, 2012 to 28 July, 2012
Opening 23 June, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm

Galerie Magda Danysz – 78, rue Amelot Paris 11

Born in Portugal in 1987, VHILS travels all over the globe to create his monumental works. He was singled out in 2008 by Banksy who invited him to the Cans Festival in London. The art critic Tristan Manco shared at the time « here he is one of the finest examples of world street art from these past few years.” In 2010, he took part to the Sao Paulo Biennial as well as the Fame Festival in Italy and made a huge portrait in collaboration with JR in the center of Los Angeles.

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Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier Present: Jef Aérosol “30 ans de pochoirs” (Mairie d’Orléans, France)

Jef Aerosol

 

Dans le cadre de sa mission de soutien à la création artistique et en collaboration avec la galerie Magda Danysz, la Mairie d’Orléans ouvre les portes de la Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier à Jef Aérosol, du 2 juin au 15 juillet 2012, pour une exposition événement qui célèbre les 30 ans de pochoirs de cet artiste incontournable du mouvement street-art.

Véritable pionnier, Jef Aérosol fait partie de la première génération d’artistes à avoir intégré la scène du pochoir en France au début des années 80. Il réalise son premier pochoir à Nantes en 1982 et peint pour la première fois à Orléans dès 1983. Il revient ensuite régulièrement dans la ville. En 2010, à l’occasion de l’exposition A Ciel Ouvert, Jef Aérosol investit la Vinaigrerie Dessaux avec plusieurs artistes internationaux tels JonOne ou West venu de Los Angeles. Son célèbre Sitting Kid ou Bruce Springsteen sont désormais inscrits durablement dans le paysage orléanais.

Collégiale St-Pierre-Le-Puellier > 2 juin au 15 juillet

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