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Mode2 at Le M.U.R. in Paris Says “Another World is Possible”

Mode2 at Le M.U.R. in Paris Says “Another World is Possible”

The wall at Le M.U.R. in Paris got the Mode2 treatment just ahead of the legislative elections, offering a fine opportunity for the artist to wax politically. He created his message of empowerment on this fresco during the weekend of the Urban Art Fair in Paris after laying down the design in his sketchbook, he says on his Insta account.

It was “a LONG day”, he says, as he reached for a bit of a 90s atmosphere and greeted old friends and families who came to support him, document his work, share stories, and maybe have a quick meal with him.

Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)

In our rough translation, the OG writer, painter, historian, and keeper of the flame says, “I had come on a mission, more or less, no matter the circumstances, because the times we live in require of all of our extra efforts, to try to reverse the status quo that has been rotting our existence for more than four decades.”

Our many thanks to BSA contributor Tor Staale Moen for sharing his photos of Mode2 in action at Le M.U.R. in Paris.

Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
Mode2. Le M.U.R. / Paris, France. (photo © Tor Staale Moen)
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Jeanne Varaldi, Urbanist and Artist : Parisian Graphics on the Street

Jeanne Varaldi, Urbanist and Artist : Parisian Graphics on the Street

Jeanne Varaldi in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Paris, France. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)

French visual artist Jeanne Varaldi is more urbanist than artist perhaps, but her new collaborative work with Paris streets and the L’association Art Azoï skillfully incorporates both interests. She says her abstract mural is composed of urban signatures and elements that are inspired directly by the urban surroundings. Literally she is referring to the incorporated map of the area and nearby crosswalk in her new composition.

Jeanne Varaldi in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Paris, France. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)

“These urban elements seem to fragment and decompose and invite us to look at the city as a constantly changing playground,” she tells us on a chilly spring day. “Yellow and orange markings that are inspired by those on construction sites also appear here.”

A crisp new wave ode to 1980s graphic design and dusty pastel templates, Varaldi’s affinity for retro is spiced by the freehand elements of graffiti that keep the work lively. “The mural uses urban markers to invite everyone to better see and appropriate them.”

Jeanne Varaldi in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Paris, France. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Jeanne Varaldi in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Paris, France. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Jeanne Varaldi in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Paris, France. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Jeanne Varaldi in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Paris, France. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
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“Équilibres Précaires” (Precarious Balances) in Paris with Clément Laurentin

“Équilibres Précaires” (Precarious Balances) in Paris with Clément Laurentin

Speaking in his abstractly modern visual language, artist Clément Laurentin creates this curvilinear winter ode to our permanent state of precariousness. In cooperation with Art Azoï, an important street art association in Paris which manages a number of walls in the city and pairs them with artists, Laurentin tells us that he chose the palette in December to complement the natural elements here on the terrace of “Les Plateaux Sauvages”, a theatrical and artistic center.

Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)

The blues hues of hard cold times can still be rewarding despite their nature, and Laurentin says he keeps his mind and spirit in balance when creating – even if a piece like this one alludes to the “fragile mental architecture” we build our lives upon. A gifted painter, he’s equally gifted describing his process and intention.

Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)

“I never sketch a wall before starting it,” he says, “I improvise the drawing directly on the wall on the first day. I like the idea that you can’t remove any piece of the composition without making the whole composition collapse. Every part has to be in the right place so that the whole thing can stand.” “In every artwork, I like to bring an oniric /surrealistic atmosphere to the piece; in such a tough and materialistic world, I want my work to be some kind of an inner life window,” he says, “a place where you can escape the time you’re looking at it.”

Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)
Clement Laurentin in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Plateaux Sauvages, Paris. (photo © Michele Garnier/Art Azoï)

Photographer: @godownramsey
Location: @lesplateauxsauvages
Street art association: @art_azoi
Artist: @clementlaurentin
Artistic crew: @9emeconcept.

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JONONE Outside in Paris with ART AZOÏ

JONONE Outside in Paris with ART AZOÏ

The abstract expressionist New York graffiti writer John Andrew Parello AKA JONONE has called Paris his home for a couple of decades. So it only makes sense that his oeuvre is well suited here at le mur du Pavillon Carré de Baudouin – an expansive public work that shows his sophisticated eye for pushing a color palette.

JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)

Whether stylized and slippery text-based detonations or pod-like geometric landscapes that jauntily swerve and swoop, JONONE rarely errs in the field of hues. In this new work, he joins a strong roster of talents who have created new city environments in collaboration with ART AZOÏ.

JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
JONONE in collaboration with L’association Art Azoï. Pavillion Carr´e de Baudouin, Paris. (photo courtesy of Art Azoï)
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BSA Film Friday: 09.24.21

BSA Film Friday: 09.24.21

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

Now screening:
1. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a Final Triumph in Paris

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BSA Special Feature: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a Final Triumph in Paris

Bet you are wondering when the big unveiling is! Dying to see what is underneath?

A tribute to the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, famous for their large scale, site specific outdoor installation, this is the final triumph! Or Triomphe, as you may wish.

Climbers, cloth, and red rope have encased the famous monument and star that lies at the center of twelve radiating avenues, L’Arc de Triomphe this month – a public celebration of the work of the two artists and their lifetime of work together.

Today we dedicate Film Friday to this project and the various ways it is being described and interacted with by the public.

Christo and Jeanne Claude: L’Arc de Triomphe Empaqueté.

Christo’s L’Arc de Triomphe | 60 Years in the Making

Visitors swarm wrapped Arc de Triomphe

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped – Live View

Screenshot from LIVE cam on September 24, 2021
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At the Vanguard: Bristol Opens Exhibition On Evolution of Global Movement of Street Art

At the Vanguard: Bristol Opens Exhibition On Evolution of Global Movement of Street Art

This Saturday marks the opening of an outstanding exhibition in Bristol, England documenting the pivotal role the city has played in the formation of street art from the 1980s to today. Entitled Vanguard Bristol Street Art: The Evolution and mounted at the Global Movement Bristol Museum’s M Shed, the show presents the view of this worldwide movement as seen through the birth and growth of Bristol’s scene from the perspective of artists singular voices rising together in a crescendo that shook the arena of public self-expression with maverick ideas and activist ideals.

Bristol B-Boys head spinning in front of 3D’s and Z Boys’ Wild Bunch Rocit, 1983, photographic print on paper, Broadmead, Bristol, 21 x 29.7cm (8.2 x 11.7in) (photo ©Beezers Photos)

Vanguard positions itself as an examination of artists creative response to Bristol’s “pioneering underground scene throughout the UK’s turbulent social and political history” with a focus on driving social change – one that influenced subsequent street artists everywhere.

Among the Bristolian and UK artists featured will be new works by Adam Neate, Andy Council, Antony Micallef, Bill Posters, China Mike, Conor Harrington, Dale VMN Collins (Dale Marshall), Dicy, Eko, Feek, Filthy Luker, Inkie, Lucas Price, Lucy McLauchlan, Matt Small, Mau Mau, Mr Jago, Paris, Rowdy, Sickboy, Swoon, Will Barras, and Xenz.

Conor Harrington (Irish, b.1980) The Blind Exit, 2020, oil and spray paint on linen, SIGNED, 250cm x 200cm (98.5in x 78.5in) (Image credit: Conor Harrington)

A trove of documentation presents times that provide context and insight into the wild, wooley, and ingenious artist works that shaped what was to come – including a five minute edit of the seminal film Wild Style by filmmaker Charlie Ahearn, and a new seven-minute film by Scottish filmmaker Doug Gillen. Additionally presented are unseen and classic images specific to the Bristol graffiti and street art scene by Henry Chalfant, Matthew Smith, Carrie Hitchcock, Yan Saunders, and Beezer, along with projections by Kineta Hill and Karen Dew.

Carrie Hitchcock-Barton-Hill-Youth-Club-1990. (photo © Carrie Hitchcock)

Running through October 31st this year, the original works and memorabilia are key to understanding the events and socio/political arnarchistic framework that sparked and fueled what became known as the Bristol scene, replete with an accompanying book featuring worldwide academics, film directors, writers, artists, creatives and specialists and an exclusive album of tracks forming the roots of the Bristol Sound.

We’re pleased to offer a sneak peek of the show here today and we encourage you to make the trip to see what will undoubtedly be sited as an important exhibition – as we all continue our education about the pathways of the global evolution of street art.

Will Barras (British, b.1973), Blue Surfer, 2021, signed in bottom right corner, acrylic on canvas, 800mm x 800mm (31.5 x 31.5in) (Image Credit – Johnny Green)
Through the fence, Barton Hill Youth Club, 1990 (photo ©Carrie Hitchcock)

Vanguard | Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement is kindly supported by Vans. Vanguard | Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement M Shed, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Saturday 26 June 2021 – Sunday 31 October 2021
Admission £8 adult* / £7 concession* (*Tickets include £1 voluntary donation to Bristol Museums Development Trust)

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Zeky Shatters, Scatters, and Pumps the Color Palette in Paris

Zeky Shatters, Scatters, and Pumps the Color Palette in Paris

Paris-born Zecky has been writing graffiti since he was a teen in the late 1980s and brings his spontaneous and switchable style catalog here to the Art Azoi walls in the 20th Arrondissement.

ZEKY for Art Azoï. Paris, France. April, 2021. (photo © Pablo Porian)

Out in broad daylight for this freeform color blast, Zeky has a long history of bringing his early writing skills to the contemporary canvas, distinguishing himself in areas of style and a sophisticated palette selection. Pushing his limits when reaching toward his heroes of New York Wildstyle, Zeky actually supersedes those limitations and has developed his own lingua franca.

ZEKY for Art Azoï. Paris, France. April, 2021. (photo © Pablo Porian)
ZEKY for Art Azoï. Paris, France. April, 2021. (photo © Pablo Porian)
ZEKY for Art Azoï. Paris, France. April, 2021. (photo © Pablo Porian)
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BSA Film Friday: 04.09.21

BSA Film Friday: 04.09.21

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

Now screening:
1. Sofles / Kawaii. The artist paints a piece for his daughter Violet.
2. ACBR and ZONE take Rick and Morty Underground
3. Honet x Art Azoi in Paris

BSA Special Feature: Sofles / Kawaii. The artist paints a piece for his daughter Violet.

Remember when Nirvana did that concert without electric guitars? You can call this one “Sofles Unplugged.” He has no soundtrack revving up your adrenaline or accentuating his skills. He’s just pure skillz.

Sofles / Kawaii. The artist paints a piece for his daughter Violet.

ACBR and ZONE take Rick and Morty Underground.

Ahhh, here we go! Vandals, surreptitious underground graffiti pieces, knives, mad scientists, syncopated dance numbers, and a ripping soundtrack. Back to what we all expected from our graff videos.

Honet x Art Azoi in Paris

A creation by HONET on the wall of the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin (Paris 20th district).

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Tarek Benaoum and “Freedom from the Known” on a Parisian Wall for Art Azoï

Tarek Benaoum and “Freedom from the Known” on a Parisian Wall for Art Azoï

Calligraphist and decorative painter Tarek Benaoum has Algeria, Italy, and French in his blood, but it’s all gold when he writes across walls. A graffiti writer who studied script formally in his early twenties, his hybrid of Arabic and gothic takes him from wall to canvas in both hemispheres.

Tarek Benaoum in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo © Sylvain Vesco)

At the request of the Parisian public housing agency Régie Immobilière de la Ville (RIVP), Art Azoï conjured a solution to rehabilitate this massive structure with a mural that would resonate with the locality and its residents. The Salé-born Benaoum rose to the challenge with a 40 x 15 meter mural in his signature blue and gold on the south gable of this building on the boulevard Mortier in the 20th arrondissement.

Tarek Benaoum in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo © Sylvain Vesco)

Standing at the outer rim of these circular motifs are texts by the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti from his 1969 book Freedom from the Known (Se libérer du connu), a treatise on the only worthwhile revolution: inner liberation.

Among the famous quotes often remembered from the book is this one, “To be free of all authority, of your own and that of another, is to die to everything of yesterday, so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigor and passion.”

Tarek Benaoum in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo © Sylvain Vesco)
Tarek Benaoum in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo © Sylvain Vesco)
Tarek Benaoum in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo © Sylvain Vesco)
Tarek Benaoum in collaboration with Art Azoï. Paris. (photo © Sylvain Vesco)
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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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BSA Film Friday: 04.12.19

BSA Film Friday: 04.12.19

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

Now screening :
1. David Shillinglaw: Alive In The Human Hive
2. Flavita Banana in Barcelona for 12+1 Project
3. JR at the Louvre
4. A NYC Subway Train in Queretaro, Mexico

BSA Special Feature: David Shillinglaw: Alive In The Human Hive

“The artworks I make are an absurd visual taxonomy listed in no particular order the ingredients that we all consume and produce,” explains the British painter and Street Artist David Shillinglaw. Clearly, he’ll have enough to paint until his dying day, as we cannot stop producing.

Another gem here: “We are funky little space monkeys orbiting a ball of hot gas”

David Shillinglaw: Alive In The Human Hive

Flavita Banana in Barcelona for 12+1 Project

“With a nod to La Danse by Henri Matisse and many human tribes’ rites of Spring, artist Falvita Banana creates her new “Juntes sumem” (add together) here on the façade of Cotxeres Borrell in Barcelona,” we wrote a few weeks ago when she first finished her mural. Today we have video of the event. See the original article here: Flavita Banana & Women in a Springtime Dance

JR at the Louvre

This time-lapse movie shows the installation of street artist JR’s paper trompe l’oeil at the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France.

“On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Pyramid, JR created a collaborative piece of art on the scale of the Napoleon Court. Three years after having made the Pyramid disappear, the artist brought a new light to the famed monument by realizing a gigantic collage, thanks to the help of 400 volunteers !

Each day hundreds of volunteers came to help cut and paste the 2000 strips of paper, making it the biggest pasting ever done by the artist.”

A NYC Subway Train in Queretaro, Mexico

When local graff writers in Queretaro, Mexico heard that New York’s famous photographer Martha Cooper was going to be in their town for a new exhibition they decided to welcome her in the best way they knew how: A graffiti jam on a train.

Read more here: A NYC Subway Train In Queretaro, Mexico

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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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