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BSA Film Friday: 10.01.21

BSA Film Friday: 10.01.21

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening:
1. Nathan Paulin on a High Wire Between Tour Eiffel & Theatre National
2. Man on Wire. Twin Towers with Philippe Petit
3. Pejac: Apnea

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BSA Special Feature: Nathan Paulin on a High Wire Between Tour Eiffel & Theatre National

After gawking at the Arc de Triomphe here last week we wandered into one of our favorite outdoor arts – the tight wire walker, specifically Nathan Paulin, who walked above the crowds at the Eiffel Tower September 18th. A precursor perhaps to Parkour and more likely progeny of the circus, the art of walking high above the ground and risking life and limb and managing poetry at the same time is outrageous to some, sublime to others.

Nathan Paulin entre la Tour Eiffel and the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris

Man on Wire. Twin Towers with Philippe Petit

In 1974, Philippe Petit, a 24 years old artist from France, performed what to this date we consider to be the most extraordinary unauthorized street art act ever pulled off in the world. On the morning of August 7, Mr. Petit walked across the Twin Towers on a high-wire without any safety precautions. No net, no harness. Just his mind, his balancing pole, and his body.

Mr. Petit’s meticulously planned stunt involved illegally rigging a 440-pound cable between the towers with the help of a small crew. He performed for 45 minutes at 1,312 ft (400 meters) walking 8 times back and forth along the wire, sitting, looking down, and waving to the stunned crowd below. Nobody will ever do that again. The Twin Towers are gone but Mr. Petit is still here, with us in NYC.

The Spanish street artist Pejac debuts a 45 piece collection of artworks for his show called APNEA in Berlin at the end of this month, his largest show to date.

“Most of the works were conceived while the world was holding its breath. APNEA for me means breathing again’’, Pejac comments in reference to both the pandemic and the title of his show. ‘‘During a time of lockdown, painting within the four walls of my studio felt like a liberation and a lifeline. APNEA represents this contradiction.’’

Pejac: Apnea

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NeSpoon Interprets 19th Century French Needle Lace from the Musée des Beaux-arts

NeSpoon Interprets 19th Century French Needle Lace from the Musée des Beaux-arts

Polish artist Nespoon has revived a cottage industry of appreciation for the historical art of lace design, steeping her practice in a sincere study to preserve the work of generations, towns, and regions. For her first mural of the year she borrows a 19th Century French needle lace from the Musée des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle in Alençon.

NeSpoon. CItéFestival écologique d’Arts Urbains. Callac, France. (photo © NeSpoon)

Deftly interpreted here, Nespoon’s new work frames a corner building in the city of Callac in French Brittany. Exquisite, not only in the rendering and design of the lace patterning itself, but in the project’s ability to bring the past forward in a newly relevant and even contemporary manner.

The project is part of the Festival écologique d’Arts Urbains.

NeSpoon. CItéFestival écologique d’Arts Urbains. Callac, France. (photo © NeSpoon)
NeSpoon. CItéFestival écologique d’Arts Urbains. Callac, France. (photo © NeSpoon)
NeSpoon. CItéFestival écologique d’Arts Urbains. Callac, France. (photo © NeSpoon)
NeSpoon. CItéFestival écologique d’Arts Urbains. Callac, France. (photo © NeSpoon)

 

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Zosen & Mina Hamada Overlapping in Paris for Les Plateaux Sauvages

Zosen & Mina Hamada Overlapping in Paris for Les Plateaux Sauvages

“This mural contains the shapes of each one overlapped in layers and erasing lines to emphasize color, our great passion,” says Zosen of his new collaboration with artist Mina Hamada. The two have created many color-blocked organic and chaotic visual feasts on walls around the world over the last few years, and this one puts an optimistic face on the new year in Paris.

Zosen & Mina Hamada in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

In fact, the painting pair haven’t been able to do a large scale mural like this since late 2019 in Japan, where Mina hails from. “After more than a year, pandemic and confinement in between, we wanted to do something different and fresh to have fun.”

Zosen & Mina Hamada in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

In coordination with L’association Art Azoï and Les Plateaux Sauvages in the 20th arrondissement, the Barcelona-based pair were bundled up and on cherry pickers in the early January cold weather, tracing out their long-pole lines over the top of one another. “For this mural, we prepared two different designs,” says Mina. “Then we mixed over the lines to make the mural.”

Zosen & Mina Hamada in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Zosen & Mina Hamada in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Zosen & Mina Hamada in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
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Ahlam Jarban is Not Forbidden in Paris

Ahlam Jarban is Not Forbidden in Paris

Imagine being forbidden, proscribed by religious law. Haram.

Yemeni artist Ahlam Jarban says that she felt that her very existence as a girl and a woman growing up in her country was forbidden. Now imagine being a female graffiti writer in that war-torn country, eager for your work and your ideas to be seen and considered.

“To be a woman in Yemen is forbidden (haram),” she says. “Street art was my way in Yemen to say ‘I’m not haram; I’m proud of being a woman.’ ”

The Haram wall: Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

Her new mural was created in collaboration with the Agency of Artists in Exile (Atelier des Artistes en Exil), where she is an artist in residence. Using aerosol and stencils, she draws attention to this denial of personal agency in the world through patterned calligraphy of “Haram” interrupted by the occasional pair of photorealistic eyes, always watching.

Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

Part of an exhibition along a 50-meter long wall at the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, the artist is actively assessing and critiquing the patriarchal behaviors she witnessed during her youth before arriving here in 2018. She is also making connections between the two cultures.

Getting up in earlier days. Ahlam Jarban (courtesy Agency of Artists in Exile – Atelier des Artistes en Exil)

“I painted eyes because I think that was the only thing that was free on a woman’s body,” she says as she describes the various emotions and intentions that are communicated by people purely with their eyes. Immediately she pivots to the correlation to life in her new European home where everyone is encouraged to wear a mask during the Covid-19 pandemic, and people are learning to rely more on communicating with their eyes, perhaps more than ever before.

“I think this mural can be very interesting for the Arabic French people and for the French people to know more about how it can be to be a female in Yemen,” she says in the video below.

Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
Ahlam Jarban in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris, France. (Photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
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Spider Tag: Neon Mural #10 for Peinture Fraiche in Lyon.

Spider Tag: Neon Mural #10 for Peinture Fraiche in Lyon.

Saturday is a great day to spend indoors at a video arcade, right?

If arcades had interactive installations like this new one from SpiderTag, it would be packed. Unfortunately Covid-19, people can’t get packed into the Peinture Fraiche Festival in Lyon, France.

Spider Tag. Interactive Neon Mural #10. Peinture Fraiche Festival, Lyon, France. (photo © Spider Tag)

The festival features 50 French and international artists at La Halle Debourg operating loosely under the theme of innovation in urban art as a concept.  Here we see the Spidertags new installation while he continues his explorations with Neon, transforming and mediating the thick dark night. He calls this his Interactive Neon Mural #10.

Spider Tag. Interactive Neon Mural #10. Peinture Fraiche Festival, Lyon, France. (photo © Spider Tag)
Spider Tag. Interactive Neon Mural #10. Peinture Fraiche Festival, Lyon, France. (photo © Spider Tag)
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Gilbert Petit in Wonderland (Moissy-Cramayel, France)

Gilbert Petit in Wonderland (Moissy-Cramayel, France)

Feel like you are living on the other side of the looking glass? Yes, that is because your society is in the final collapse of this controlled demolition. No need to worry, though, Gilbert Petit has created an Alice in Wonderland theme for his newest mural to brighten your day.

Gilbert Petit. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Moissy-Cramayel, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)

The Parisian artist brought his illustration style 2-D interpretation to Moissy-Cramayel just as summers’ warm rays still had their full strength, the evening begins to cool. With his own interpretation of the children’s tale by Lewis Carroll and published in 1865, you may even find it tempting to step through the glass, but you may likely fall down through a rabbit hole of nonsense and hysteria.

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

Gilbert Petit. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Moissy-Cramayel, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)

The mural is part of this autumn’s 2020 Wall Street Art festival and we thank Galerie Mathgoth for sharing these photos with BSA readers.

Gilbert Petit. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Moissy-Cramayel, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
Gilbert Petit. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Moissy-Cramayel, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
Gilbert Petit. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Moissy-Cramayel, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
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SETH At La Cité des Enfants in France

SETH At La Cité des Enfants in France

Just this weekend SETH completed his mural at Urban Nation for our show opening this Friday “Martha Cooper : Taking Pictures” in Berlin. A busy street artist and muralist such as he usually has a wall to paint somewhere, so today we thought we’d show you what he had been up too earlier in the month in Grand Paris Sud.

SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)

Famous for his paintings of young children at play, dreamily lost in a world just adjacent to this one, he was appropriately painting in Grigny, also known as “La Cité des Enfants”.

Following other muralists like Case Maclaim, Alber and Jace, this is the latest wall for the 2020 edition of a private/public improvement project called Wall Street Art festival.

SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
SETH. “Il était une faille”. Wall Street Art of Grand Paris Sud 2020. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie Mathgoth)
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JACE in Grigny, France Brings the “Gouzou”

JACE in Grigny, France Brings the “Gouzou”

“Gouzou” are on the loose in Grigny, thanks to their creator, French graffiti writer and muralist JACE.

JACE. Wall Street Art Festival 2019. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie MathGoth)

A children-friendly installation in a city that needs some love, the artist who began as a graffiti writer in 1989 here brings his famous faceless characters called the “Gouzou” to pop out of the box buildings and water the flowers of growth here.

JACE says he’s been painting this character since the early 90s and they are complex, despite their appearance. “The “Gouzou” is an anthropomorphic character, cheerful and endearing but not without a touch of malice,” says his bio, “Soft and delicate, he can be just as impertinent and teasing!”

JACE. Wall Street Art Festival 2019. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie MathGoth)

This new community mural is in a housing estate in the district called “La Grande Borne”, or perhaps, “The Great Frontier”, but over time its reputation has become somewhat tarnished due to high unemployment, lack of economic opportunity, and probably systemic racism.

The Wiki entry says “Built as a 1960s social utopia with winding coloured buildings, it was intended to become an ideal dormitory town. With 11,000 inhabitants, it has become a by-word for poverty, drug dealing, arms trafficking, youth criminality and attacks on police, as well as arson attacks on public buildings.”

JACE. Wall Street Art Festival 2019. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie MathGoth)

In a 2015 article in Le Parisien even the Socialist MP Malek Boutih has said about La Grande Borne, “A city where officials, including elected officials, make a pact with evil, thugs, offenders, corruption.” (translated with Google)

Maybe JACE’s Gouzou will bring a positive influence on the neighborhood? At least that’s what the mural program “Wall Street Festival” has in mind.

“Bringing culture to working-class neighborhoods is like a duty for me,” says organizer and founder Gautier Jourdain. “This is where the works are most important.”

JACE. Wall Street Art Festival 2019. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie MathGoth)
JACE. Wall Street Art Festival 2019. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie MathGoth)
JACE. Wall Street Art Festival 2019. Grigny, France. (photo © Galerie MathGoth)
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ZMOGK has “Butterflies” in Lieusaint: Wall Street Art Festival

ZMOGK has “Butterflies” in Lieusaint: Wall Street Art Festival

Moscovite graffiti artist/muralist Konstantin Danilov, aka ZMOGK, is our third in a row from the French “Wall Street Art Festival” this summer. A late 90s graffiti artist working primarily with the letter form, ZMOGK has deconstructed it and pushed it through a prism or two, now nearly entirely abstract. Look closely at the finished walls below and you may see why he has titled this one, “Butterflies”

ZMOGK. Butterflie. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. SLieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

One of the few Russian graffiti/Street Artists that you hear of outside of his mother country, he has participated in a number of Street Art festivals and jams in the last few years. On this commercially owned housing complex in this relatively small town of 13,000 named Lieusaint, the artist channeled his emotions, organizers say, bringing vibrant dynamic colors in a rather chaotic composition.

ZMOGK. “Butterflies”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. SLieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

A press release says that his “first approach is based on intuition and the subconscious mind. This corresponds to the initial phase of working on a radically free canvas, when he closes the logical and rational mind and lets his hand draw the lines while focusing on his feelings.”

ZMOGK. “Butterflies”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Lieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
ZMOGK. “Butterflies”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. SLieusaint, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

The Wall Street Art festival is organized by Grand Paris Sud, Gautier Jourdain, and Galerie Mathgoth in Paris.


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Belin and “Laurita” in Évry-Courcouronnes for the Wall Street Art Festival

Belin and “Laurita” in Évry-Courcouronnes for the Wall Street Art Festival

The 2019 edition of Gautier Jourdain’s “Wall Street Festival” across 24 cities of Grand Paris Sud has begun this summer with 3 frescoes that will go up before the fabulous European summer holiday period.

Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Spanish Artist BELIN is the first to start the festivities, with his curious re-proportioning of the human form that looks oddly normal. The features are accurate, even hyper realistic. But BELIN consults his own photography, forces the perspectives, and skillfully juxtaposes a truly new form on this wall in Évry-Courcouronnes with surreally fun results.

He’s calling her “Laurita”.

Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)
Belin. “Laurita”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud 2019. Evry-Courcouronnes, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

The Wall Street Art festival is organized by Grand Paris Sud, Gautier Jourdain, and Galerie Mathgoth in Paris. Upcoming autumn artists include L7m (Brazil), Andrea Ravo Mattoni (Italy), and Jace (France).

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Li-Hill Studies the ‘Process of Acceleration’ at Grenoble Street Art Fest, France

Li-Hill Studies the ‘Process of Acceleration’ at Grenoble Street Art Fest, France

Research about Grenoble, France was foundational to Canadian Street Artist Li-Hills’ new mural for this street art festival, as was science.

Li-Hill “Process of Acceleration“. Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes. Grenoble, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of the artist)

“The figures become an allegory for the technological advancements of humans through history,” says Li-Hill, “pulling the water from the neighboring rivers and harnessing energy into innovation throughout time.”

Li-Hill “Process of Acceleration“. Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes. Grenoble, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Hidden within this multiple exposure action painting is the artists research into the city’s geographic setting “amid the mountains and rushing rivers, allowing for the advancement in early Hydrological energy,” says the artis when explaining the inspiration and interpretive process that went into the planning of the new wall he does here for the Grenoble Street Art Festival, 4th edition.  

Li-Hill “Process of Acceleration“. Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes. Grenoble, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Li-Hill “Process of Acceleration“. Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes. Grenoble, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Li-Hill “Process of Acceleration“. Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes. Grenoble, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of the artist)
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Gonzalo Borondo: New Images from “Merci”, Part II (teaser videos)

Gonzalo Borondo: New Images from “Merci”, Part II (teaser videos)

The church has been closed for 30 years. If you wait long enough the natural world will overtake this temple, covering it with moss, wrapping it with ivy, filling it with trees.

Borondo. “Merci” Le Temple des Chartrons. Bordeaux, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of Borondo)

Borondo is already there. “The columns are connected to trees,” he says as he projects a tall thin ghostly forest down the nave to the apse in preparation for his multimedia installation at the summer solstice.

As he researches this environment and the forests and gardens of Bordeaux the Street Artist is studying decay, growth, re-growth, and the dialogue between architecture and the world that preceded us.  

Borondo. “Merci” Le Temple des Chartrons. Bordeaux, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of Borondo)

As he prepares the paintings, projections, and sounds he looks for the duality of our experiences as well – the fear and the attraction that a holy house can evoke, as well as an immense and thick forest, full of movement and stirring.

Who will fall to their knees here and cry it out to the sky first? “Merci !” “Mercy !”


Borondo. “Merci” Le Temple des Chartrons. Bordeaux, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of Borondo)
Borondo. “Merci” Le Temple des Chartrons. Bordeaux, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of Borondo)
Borondo. “Merci” Le Temple des Chartrons. Bordeaux, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of Borondo)
Borondo. “Merci” Le Temple des Chartrons. Bordeaux, France. June 2019. (photo courtesy of Borondo)

See our first installment on “Merci” by Borondo here on BSA :

Borondo Begins Work in Bordeaux Temple for “MERCI”

Bientôt le temple ouvrira ses portes_Merci_Gonzalo Borondo Exhibition_Chartrons_Bordeaux Credits © Matteo Berardone/IG Bobelgom Graphic designer Oriana Distefano

Bientôt le temple ouvrira ses portes_Merci_Gonzalo Borondo Exhibition_Chartrons_Bordeaux Credits © Matteo Berardone/IG Bobelgom Graphic designer Oriana Distefano

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