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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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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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