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 Wonderlandtheme for his newest mural to brighten your day.
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!”
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.
“Gouzou” are on the loose in Grigny, thanks to their creator, French graffiti
writer and muralist JACE.
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!”
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.”
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
“Not all people like Street Art and not everyone likes Mickey Mouse!” said street artist L7Matrix on his Instagram earlier this year, which may explain his collections of birds, tigers, even jellyfish realistically rendered, then exploded in colorful abstract.
His signature style is typically aviary
and it has taken him from Berlin to Brooklyn to LA to Talinn to Paris to the
Twitter office in his native Brazil to complete his attractive mural making for
clients and festivals.
Here we have his latest fresco
completed as part of the Wall Street Art festival in Grand Paris Sud. Organizer
Gaultier Jourdain tells us that this is the first urban fresco completed in
this southern French town of Moissy-Cramayel.
“He chose a bird from the region,” Gaultier
tells us. “The Bergeronnette (wagtail) is a small bird whose plumage is always
grey, black and white.”
Of course he expanded the color
palette, and now the name of this piece is called “La Bergeronnette
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.
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.
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 .
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.