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Jef Aérosol Creates Huge Fresco in Paris Sud for Wall Street Art Festival

Jef Aérosol Creates Huge Fresco in Paris Sud for Wall Street Art Festival

“He wanted to highlight youth, its beauty and diversity,” says Gautier Jordain about French stencil master Jef Aérosol for this new public mural he just completed in Evry, in the south of Paris.

Jef Aérosol. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Evry, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

One of his biggest frescoes to date, the rocker/Street Artist doesn’t usually include this much red in his compositions, aside from his signature red arrows placed alongside the figures in his portraits. The striking graphic nature of these bands of color pops a new wave into his work, creating a fresh look that somehow feels quite modern.

Part of this year’s Wall Street Art festival curated by Mathgoth Gallery in Paris, this new monumental work dedicates itself to the diverse nature of many of the city’s newest immigrant communities, something that many European nations have been faced with in recent years with new arrivals fleeing war-torn countries.

Jef Aérosol. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Evry, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

For some reason, we humans are tribal in our behaviors sometimes and we can have a hard time accepting new members of our tribes. As is a historical practice, we depend on the intuitive knowledge and talents of artists to help us make the transition to being more accepting of others and to possibly help us find the innate great qualities in each other.

Jef Aérosol. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Evry, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

“He portrayed children who are happy to live and to share with you,” Gautier, who curated the project with his partner Mathilde, “without question of skin color, origin or religion.”

“Un enfant, Ça écoute le merle Qui dépose ses perles Sur la portée du vent*,” a lyric from singer Jacques Brel provided the inspiration, Jef says, and he spent some days with local kids and families in the neighborhood to make sure that they know this mural is for them.

Jef Aérosol. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Evry, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Jef Aérosol. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Evry, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Jef Aérosol. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Evry, France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)


* “A child, he takes your dream and turns it into a song.” (approximate translation)


 

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Spidertag’s Impromptu GOAL! In Marseille

Spidertag’s Impromptu GOAL! In Marseille

GOAL!

Call it the ‘World Cup Effect’ as your daily news features rousing updates about wild eyed athletic men kicking a ball on a grassy plane in Russia. How this impacts your day, one cannot be sure, but don’t tell that to your brother-in-law, who is currently screaming something and jumping up and down in front of his living room screen, covered in bi-color grease paint that matches his teams’ kit, a sword in his hand. Or is that a spear?

Spidertag. Marseille, France. June 2018. (photo © Spidertag)

Spanish Street Artist Spidertag is in Marseille, France this week working with Galerie Le Container and late one night he decided to create an impromptu glowing geometric form in the goal cage, floating aloft. This holy apparition of electric string appears on a field very near the Cathedral, so may be some sort of sign perhaps, or a bit of drunken reverie.

Spidertag. Marseille, France. June 2018. (photo © Spidertag)

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Gola Hundun Brings Botanicals and Bees to Paris

Gola Hundun Brings Botanicals and Bees to Paris

Now that we have had our longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and Solstice has stirred libidos, plunging us into midnight runs through abandoned lots and local parks and naked splashing in the fountains, we leave our cities for something more botanical. It’s instructive that despite the many wonders of the built urban environment, most city dwellers find life incomplete without grasses, flowers, leaves, honey bees.

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

Street Artist Gola Hundun is fully immersed in nature with this 6 story open atrium he has just painted in the Parisian Hôtel Le Belleval and it may set your senses buzzing as well. Carefully planned and executed according to an order that mimics the natural one, these botanicals spring from the Gola well, which runs quite deep, if you are asking.

Not quite outside, and not quite in, the fresco mimics the evolution of previous works by this Italian-born Ambassador for Earth and All Her Creatures and Energies. Hopefully the hotel’s patrons will look up from their screens and glasses of Rosé to see the birds and bees, because without them we are nothing.

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

Gola Hundun. “The Bee”. Paris, France. June 2018. (photo © Lucas Barioulette)

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Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido Mediating the Streets With Abstract Color in Corbeil-Essonnes. France

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido Mediating the Streets With Abstract Color in Corbeil-Essonnes. France

A public/private mural campaign in the southern suburbs of Paris continues to bring international Street Artists to create works for the public space. While France continues to grapple with an increase of new immigrants, a rise in right wing sentiments and xenophobic attitudes toward populations that differ from the dominant culture, projects like this may help keep the peace and foster community.

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

The Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud continues with their mural program here with a fresco on the “Paul Langevin” school, named after the prominent French physicist who developed Langevin dynamics and the Langevin equation. Art duo Mina Hamada and Zosen Bandido live in Barcelona and braved the rains here during a week of painting 5 walls to create an abstract collection of “Spring Colour” in a rather spontaneous way.

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

“They were the best ambassadors for painting a wall in a popular neighborhood where people of different origins and religions live together,” says Gautier Jourdain, who curates the ongoing festival. In an atmosphere where tensions between cultures has hit some high points in recent years nationally and locally, the artists themselves hail from Japan and Argentina are quite familiar with some of the issues at hand here.

“That is also why we have chosen light, simplified forms,” say Hamada and Zosen in a joint statement. “We want to paint creations that speak to everyone’s heart, that are accessible to everyone and give joy.”

 

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

Mina Hamada & Zosen Bandido. “Spring Colour”. Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Corbeil-Essonnes. France. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery)

 

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TwoOne Brings Great White Egret to Lieusant (Seine et Marne)

TwoOne Brings Great White Egret to Lieusant (Seine et Marne)

Japanese Street Artist/ Fine artist TWOONE is a man/beast. At least those are his favorite subjects to depict and merge, whether he is on a wall in a neglected building, or on film illuminated from behind, on a dripping illustration on a canvas, or spanning across an ambitious mural.

The Mid-80s millennial Hiroyasu Tsuri currently lives in Berlin, where he has done at least one huge wall and a solo show at Urban Spree, and he has created his realistic fantasy animals and people in his hometown of Yokohama, Brooklyn, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Djerba, Miami, Milan, and Bangkok, among other places.

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

Today we find him with Gallerie Mathgoth and the new 2018 edition of the Wall Street Art Festival, which is primarily sited in Grand Paris Sud. His tropical looking scene actually frames a locally sourced bird, the stately and elegant egret, which is not uncommon here in Lieusant (Seine et Marne) – a town which boast humans also, 13,000 of them. According to Łukasz Ławicki, the population of the great white egret in France is more than 5,000. Check out TWOONE’s unique approach to tagging this big bird. Our thanks to Gautier and the gallery for sharing these installation photos with BSA readers.

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

TWOONE for Wall Street Art Festival of Grand Paris Sud. Lieusaint (Seine et Marne), France. (photo courtesy of MathGoth Galerie)

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Unusual Art Installations in Toulouse Refugee Camp: “Creve Hivernale II”

Unusual Art Installations in Toulouse Refugee Camp: “Creve Hivernale II”

“Over the period of two months all the artists intervened on the site illegally and wanted to live in the same conditions as the refugee families,” says artist and journalist Sandra Butterfly as she explains these newly released and exclusive images of artworks and installations created in a refugee camp in Toulouse, France.

Dangerous barbed wire becomes less harmful through the use of cotton by Annlor Codina. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

A hybrid of autonomous political arts interventions and a neighbor-organized outreach arts program, the initiative opened discussion among those held in the camps as well and attempts to draw attention to conditions in and around restricted areas meant to provide temporary shelter but appear to expose the residents to great insecurities as well. As European nations continue to grapple with an influx of refugees from the war in Syria and other places undergoing tumult, official preparations come under scrutiny, some earning praise, others great criticism.

These art installations and surrounding scenes reflect the raw conditions and limited resources available – uniquely appropriated by artists to give voice to the plight of persons whose lives have been ripped from their home countries by war and economics, now retained in no-mans-land spaces throughout the world.

A pentagon of wooden crates and illustrations on glass panels referred to treatment of the security and surveillance state towards less fortunate people and refugees, according to Butterfly. A4 Putevie. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Creve Hivernale II, the name of the project, is a play on the French words ‘Treve Hivernale’ which refer to a winter break during which landlords cannot evict tenants because to do so would be cruel or inhumane. In this instance, the first word is replaced by the word “Creve”, which means to die. Living in these rough conditions near illegal trash dumping grounds with limited access to running water, food, electricity, plumbing, and in a politically hostile environment fraught with the threat of preying thieves or abusive opportunists, Creve Hivernale II takes a much darker turn; literally translated as “Winter Death”. The 2nd in a series, this intervention follows the first session of Creve Hivernale that took place in a warehouse called ‘Le Frigo’, or ‘the Fridge.’ (read more here)

Initiated by a secretive artist named “<++”, according to Butterfly, Creve Hivernale II gathered like-minded activist artists (artivists) to intervene, possibly intercede. A mix of well known and emerging artists, many of whom work with institutions and galleries, to create site-specific works that could be documented and shared. “The challenge was to go beyond their own fears, face the harsh weather, and create artworks outside from the found trash and objects on the site,” says Butterfly.

A found boat in the trash has been painted in black, floating in a red pond, unable to reach the European coasts. Upgrayydd Recidive . Butterly. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterly)

Because of the sensitive nature of the location and the tenuous circumstances that residents were in, this project was performed over a year ago in December 2016 and time was allowed to pass before revealing it in this way. An unusual location and topic for art interventions, one wonders about the effectiveness, maybe even the appropriateness of an art installation in a somewhat remote location where people are living in such harsh conditions and under dire need. On the other hand, if these artists had not brought the subject in such a manner to our attention, we wouldn’t be writing this article to share with you and conditions of refugees may take on a greater public interest.

We asked Butterfly more about this unusual project to better understand the works in photos here:

BSA: Can you talk about the location? Is it a refugee settlement camp?
Butterfly: The location is in the center of Toulouse, France on a private land, forbidden to the public. It looks like a no man’s land located next to a Dechetterie, an official trash dump.

Mathieu Tremblin wrote poems on the found items on dumpsite. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

What you need to know is that in France you have to pay taxes to dump items at the Dechetterie that are above a certain weight and size and fall into a category of being toxic or damaging to the environment, for example. Next to the Dechetterie is a lot of trash that local residents left illegally because it was either too expensive or because the Dechetterie would not accept it according to regulations.

There are many people and families leaving there in extremely difficult conditions: no electricity or water, just surviving from mendacity on the nearby streets and the trash found on the site. The population is diverse, from homeless or less fortunate people, migrants abandoned from the retention center, ‘roms’ – paperless families from Eastern Europe. The majority of them are paperless and could be evicted from France if arrested.

This territory is very hostile, like a jungle where everybody is in survival mode, in constant fear, not trusting anyone, and thievery occurs all the time. The only protection is their barking dogs.

Artists provided materials and encouragement for some of the younger people to express creativity on a wall. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

BSA: Did those families know that the artists were making art about the topic?
Butterfly: Yes, but it took some time for them to understand that this was art. At first they were hiding, or looking at the art and artists from far away, avoiding any contact. Then bonds and communication were established through the children, who were curious, and who were the first to approach us and interact and play with the artists.

BSA: Could anyone in the general public see these installations, or was it behind fences?
Butterfly: After a period of exploration of the wasteland, artists started to create their installations and then we shared the location in a secretive way.

Only the GPS location was communicated on social media and on the artist websites with the European Flag replaced by barbed wire. The public was invited to bring flashlights and warm clothing, and the exhibition was open day and night to the public. At the same time visitors also had to trespass a forbidden territory to see the exhibition, and part of the land is behind barbed wires near the train tracks.

Artists invited visitors to trespass through a zone of PEUR (meaning FEAR in French), where visitors had to face their fear to move forward in an unknown area. Signage indicated zones of fear and less fear (Peur and –Peur by Upgrayydd Recidive). Upgrayydd Recidive. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

The buff squad. “Following complaints, the city sent some road cleaners to erase the painted sign on the road,” says Butterfly,”Ironically they were erasing the Fear (Peur) from the area.” Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Butterfly. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Installations made out of found trash illustrated the Mediterranean Sea with a swimming pool (Sophie Bacquie and Lucie Laflorentie).  Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Mardi Noir. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Natalie Svit-Kona Eifyran. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

“During the two months self imposed residency, despite the language barrier, artists developed strong bonds with the families and children there and involved them in artistic activities,” says Butterfly. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Sid Poliekoff. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Madmoiselle Kat . Mardi Noir. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Mardi Noir. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

A4 Putevie. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

A4 Putevie. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Imposing fortresses made from foil survival blankets and sculpted wood represent the non welcoming Europe with all its barriers by Upgrayydd Recidive. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Upgrayydd Recidive. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Upgrayydd Recidive. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Molo Molo. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Manuel Pomar. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Luke Warm. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Upgrayydd Recidive. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

Young residence pause before a sign that says “evadage”, or “escape”. Upgrayydd Recidive. Creve Hivernale II – Toulouse, France. (photo © Butterfly)

 


Participating artists included:
NADIA VON FOUTRE – JEAN DENANT – MANUEL POMAR – A4 PUTEVIE – MADEMOISELLE KAT – SID POLIEKOFF – MATHIEU TREMBLIN – MARDI NOIR – UPGRAYYDD RECIDIVE – MOLO MOLO – CLAIRE SAUVAGET – DON QUICKSHOT – LURK WARM – BUTTERFLY – SOPHIE BACQUIE – LUCIE LAFLORENTIE – ANNLOR CODINA – NATALIE SVIT-KONA EIFYRAN

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‘WE NEED TO ACT’ Fears of new Jungle in Toulouse as town camp EXPLODES with 400 migrants

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INTI Commands First Monograph : Color, Carnaval y Resistencia

INTI Commands First Monograph : Color, Carnaval y Resistencia

“Certainties, simple explanations, last hopes, magic thoughts and fears. All of them confronted by what is evident.”

Thus describes the figure slung with bullets, holding a necklace with a cross and delicately balancing a small green apple on his index finger on a larger than life mural in Santiago, Chili. The visual language of this graffiti/Street Artist and muralist name Inti is his to wield, a cosmic folk that glows with celestial waves surrounding an other-worldly race of characters.

INTI. Éditions Albin Michel, 2017. Paris, France.

The messages these massive murals carry may be layered, their determination and commitment is not to be doubted. His new grandly gilded monograph certainly earns your attention, and keeps it with quality materials, photography, and accessible crisp writing by Pablo Aravena that dares to be esoteric when describing the artists work.

Born from a post dictatorship community muralism that blossomed in the 80s and 90s as the country forged a new identity, the explosive graffiti scene that first captured the imagination and street practice of the teenage Inti was eventually channeled into a fine art education and formal study of the tenets and techniques of the painters. Paired with a fascination with religious dogma, the traditions of carnival and the symbols of power, hope, ornament and sustenance, Inti is forging a language known to him and his characters in a way that still can foster an empathetic response from the viewer of his massive murals in places as farflung as Honolulu, Boras, Beirut, Belgium.

INTI. Éditions Albin Michel, 2017. Paris, France.

The Valparaíso-born artist whose name translates in Incan to ‘Sun’ is a master of light as well, shining it in gentle cadences across singular figures who could be multi-natural, sans-national, or inter-stellar.

Gathered in folds of robes, adorned in floating baubles and brightly glowing with reflecting patterns and gentle animals in arms, they may be evocative of carnival figures, fortune tellers, and of religious seers from around the world and throughout history, as is his universal searching for meaning, ultimately sharing some truths too no doubt.

INTI. Éditions Albin Michel, 2017. Paris, France.

INTI. Éditions Albin Michel, 2017. Paris, France.

INTI. Éditions Albin Michel, 2017. Paris, France.

INTI. Éditions Albin Michel, 2017. Paris, France.


INTI: Color, Carnaval y Resistencia by Inti Castro (Author),‎ Pablo Aravena (Author)

Trilingual French/Spanish/English.

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Fintan Magee and “Follow the Leader” in South of Paris

Fintan Magee and “Follow the Leader” in South of Paris

Back to the south of Paris today to see a trio of children on the new wall done in late September by Sydney based muralist Fintan Magee.

Fintan Magee. For Wall Street Art in Savigny-le-Temple, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

“He asked 3 young people to come with winter clothes and he took photos,” says Gautier Jourdain, who organized the wall for his Wall Street Art festival, as well as the solo art show for Fintan at his Galerie Mathgoth.

“Follow the Leader” appears to be a commentary on the current obsessive behavior of humans toward their phones, even the little ones. Placed on a wall in the center of the city very near the railway station, the 22 x 18 meter mural in Savigny-le-Temple is sure to capture the attention of commuters…if they look up from their phones long enough.

 

Fintan Magee. For Wall Street Art in Savigny-le-Temple, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Fintan Magee. For Wall Street Art in Savigny-le-Temple, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Fintan Magee. For Wall Street Art in Savigny-le-Temple, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Fintan Magee. For Wall Street Art in Savigny-le-Temple, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Fintan Magee. For Wall Street Art in Savigny-le-Temple, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

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Case Maclaim Flips a Coin on the Fate of Brexit in the South of Paris

Case Maclaim Flips a Coin on the Fate of Brexit in the South of Paris

“The painting is resolutely European. A kind of flash about Brexit in England,” says Gautier Jourdain of the new globally framed hand in this working class district of La Grande Borne in Paris.

Case Maclaim. Detail. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

The German Street Artist and fine artist Case Maclaim is generally recognized by fans for his expressive painted hands, often mid movement, many times with a transparency to them, as if captured between gestures.

In this case the gesture is flipping a coin to see if it will land “Pile ou Face” (Heads or Tails), the murals name that refers to the outcome of Englands decision to withdraw from the European Union.

 

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Perhaps it feels like the fate of everyday individuals who live here is out of their hands, decided by the flippancy of a casual coin toss, but surely folks on the edge are some of the first to feel the effects such huge shifts in ways that are both social and economic.

The new piece in Grigny in the South of Paris is part of the Wall Street Art festival of Grand Paris Sud and Mr. Jourdain has been organizing walls for new murals this year, mostly featuring international Street Artists whose work he exhibits at his Galerie Mathgoth. In fact Maclaim will be returning there November 9th for a new exhibition.

For this public art piece Maclaim and his wife Samira, who often travels with him, enjoyed the curious and generous spirit of the local neighbors who often were present during the painting, asking questions, sharing observations, and flipping coins.

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Case Maclaim. For Wall Street Art in Grigny, France. September 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

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ECB Brings “DARYA” to Evry, France for Wall Street Art Festival

ECB Brings “DARYA” to Evry, France for Wall Street Art Festival

German realist painter and Street Artist Hendrik Beikrich is moving his gaze from Morocco to Siberia.

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Known for his project “Tracing Morocco”, where he got to know local tradespeople and craft makers whose lives were changing due to modern methods and technologies, the artist otherwise known as ECB has favored presenting aged countenances as something to be revered.

This new pensive person on the side of a public housing complex called Residences Yvelines Essonne in Evry, France is named after the woman who inspired it, DARYA, an 83 years old woman who lives in a tiny five-house village in Siberia. ECB says he always meets and gets to know his subjects, and goes to live with the community whom he is painting .

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

This mural is the 2nd for the new “Wall Street Art” mural project and is in the main commune of Grand Paris Sud in the Pyramids district. Over 25 meters high it took ECB 7 days to complete.

ECB says this piece in Evry is just the first of 11 frescoes he plans paint around the world, so look for more Siberians in Russia, Germany, the United States, Italy, Pakistan, Greece, Netherlands, and South Korea.

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

 

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

Hendrik Beikrich AKA ECB for Wall Street Art in Evry. Grand Paris Sud, France. June 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

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David Walker in Lieusaint, France for “Wall Street Art”

David Walker in Lieusaint, France for “Wall Street Art”

“Wall Street Art”: The merging together of two phrases (Wall Street, Street Art) that never had much to do with each other, but now sometimes do.

Additionally it is the newly branded mural program/festival across 24 municipalities in France under the artistic direction of Jourdain Gautier, whose name you may recognize from his founding and directorial roles with Mathgoth Gallery, LE MUR, and 100 Walls for Youth – all Paris based efforts.

“Wall Street Art” has expanded and renamed Essone – a festival that previously hosted walls by artists like Speedy Graphito, Clet, Cranio, and Monkeybird, among others, and now brings us a new wall in Lieusaint.

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

We begin today with David Walker, the Englishman who lives in Berlin whose singular styling of female subjects is known in tens of cities across the world. You’ve seen his work here many times, turning his attentive adoration to the countenance of this wistful sky-gazing figure. “One recognizes the artist’s particular style where layer after layer, the different colors end up forming a portrait that sometimes borders with hyperrealism, and especially in the eye,” says Jourdain.

Beginning this Tuesday the next artist in the program, Germany’s ECB, will begin his mural in EVRY. We hear stories as well of other greats in the program like Case Maclaim, Fintan Magee, C215, and Astro.

Meanwhile, you can catch Case Maclaim here in Brooklyn today and tomorrow with the Bushwick Collective at the annual Block Party.

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

David Walker for Wall Street Art in Lieusaint, France. May 2017. (photo © Mathgoth Gallery – Paris)

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Bien Urbain 2017: Ericailcane and His New Barbed-Wire Story

Bien Urbain 2017: Ericailcane and His New Barbed-Wire Story

Just in time for his exhibition opening at musée du temps de Besançon, Italian Street Artist Ericailcane has just finished his latest wall with the Bien Urbane festival and the story it tells is troubling.

Ericailcane. Detail. Bien Urbain Festival 2017. Besançon, France. May 2017. (photo © Elisa Murcia Artengo)

The Bologna native whose animal world personifies the behavioral traits of humans – sometimes with alarming accuracy – brings this cuddly pairing to a large wall at 8 rue des Chaprais in Northeastern French town.

But are they so cuddly? Standing on either side of a fenceline and with armaments all around on the ground by one of the sheep, his neighbor is capable of freeing the him from his barbed wire conundrum, but the tool of liberty remains secreted behind his back.

The indoor museum exhibition explores the ages of life, the perception of the world as children and adults. As it turns out, so does the outdoor exhibition.

Ericailcane. Bien Urbain Festival 2017. Besançon, France. May 2017. (photo © Elisa Murcia Artengo)

Ericailcane. Bien Urbain Festival 2017. Besançon, France. May 2017. (photo © Elisa Murcia Artengo)

Ericailcane. Bien Urbain Festival 2017. Besançon, France. May 2017. (photo © Elisa Murcia Artengo)

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