Jorge Pomar art exhibition Paris street art graffiti interview Le MUR Oberkampf. Photo by Demian Smith copyright 2014

Naively painted animals toting guns on a public wall in Paris? Chatting with Argentinian artist Jorge Pomar (AMOR), reveals he experiences little anxiety over the potential clash of such imagery.

In Paris to paint at Le M.U.R. – the three by eight metre billboard in Paris’ 11th Arrondissement, set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting urban art – his latest painting, above, is child-like and colourful, but actually serves as a vehicle for a much darker message, not so dissimilar to his 2013 exhibition at Belleville’s project space, La Friche.

You may be drawn in by Pomar’s work at Le M.U.R. with its chipper rays of sunshine, but this mural is certainly no wallflower. Be prepared for a cold hard dose of social reality to go with it.

An interview with Pomar follows:

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Interview with French abstract graffiti artist Nelio

Interviews

Nelio was in Buenos Aires until recently. He’d been living and working there for five months: learning Spanish, collaborating with local artists, and not being cold in Northern Europe. He’s just finished painting at the Le M.U.R. XIII project, in Paris’ 13th Arrondissement, pictured above, the second ephemeral art space of its kind in the city. Here’s [...]

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Miss Van exposes her poupées for Le M.U.R. performance

Exhibitions
Miss Van exhibition at Parisian street art project Le M.U.R. - Photo by Demian Smith

Miss Van, also known by her real name, Vanessa Alice Bensimon, a native of Toulouse, in the south of France, is now one of the 140 plus artists to make their mark at the Le M.U.R. project, pictured above. The eight by three metre former advertising billboard, which every two weeks plays host to a [...]

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Basement graffiti art exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo – Lasco Project 3

Exhibitions
 Cleon Peterson - Palais de Tokyo - Lasco Project #3 - graffiti Paris street art - Photo by Demian Smith

In the same week Google announces the French launch of its virtual street art documentary project at the Palais de Tokyo, a similarly impressive and graffiti-related event takes place within the same venue – a body of work presented on walls in the museum’s basement, which unlike the former, can be viewed in reality, and [...]

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Graffiti artist and former carpenter SAMBRE interviewed on his wooden artworks

Interviews
SAMBRE - Le MUR xiii - Paris graffuturism street art - Photo by Jeanne-Marie Laurent

The first time we met he pointed me to the illegal and ephemeral exhibition organised by his crew, 1984, due to take place at a secret location the day of the 2012 French Presidential election. The twelve strong crew infiltrated a former electricity company headquarters close to Parc de Buttes Chaumont (19éme) to produce Le Musee [...]

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Mygalo 2000, Posada’s calaveras and a body of Paris truck graffiti

Interviews
Mygalo 2000 interview Paris street art graffiti skull art José Guadalupe Posada. Photo: Mygalo

  Not street art, usually, graffiti on Parisian trucks: a new middle area. Skeletons and skulls, graphic in the way of typo-graffiti, but carrying messages tied to death, love, twerking - too intellectual to be merely called ‘graff’. Truck graffiti culture in Paris is the most sophisticated of its kind anywhere in the world, “base street graff’”, [...]

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Tower to fall painted inside and out by artists from fifteen countries

Exhibitions
La Tour Paris 13 street art graffiti exhibition by Itinerrance Gallery

Paris, the 13th arrondissement, nine floors, one hundred artists, these are the numbers that introduce us to the story of La Tour Paris 13, an ephemeral exhibition. An old apartment building to be torn down in less than a month, which has been painted inside and out by an international set of artists recognised in the [...]

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Sydney X Paris: ZAP and Jumbo decorate the 11th and 20th

Interviews
sydney street art graffiti artist team Jumbo and Zap Paris street art

Walking up the rue Dénoyez, I’m confronted by two Australians wanting to know good places to paint. ZAP and JUMBO from Sydney, and I ,walk from Belleville to Ménilmontant to Oberkampf. I show them walls, shutters and a truck. We part ways. The next day I return to one of the spots to find JUMBO spraying [...]

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Street art (divine) intervention of a church stuck on a church

New Street Art
Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix church Ménilmontant Paris street art Belleville wheatpaste

When street art is done on an abandoned dilapidated building, ok, fine. When street art is done on the monumental staircase of a neo-Romanesque-cum-neo-Gothic nineteenth century church, in a working class neighbourhood, man, what the f#!*. At witnessing an artwork stuck to the steps of Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix church at Ménilmontant, at first, I’m surprised at such audacity. [...]

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Polyhedric street artist, Roti, and his “demonic” art

Interviews
Roti street artist France Artaq chicken 301px

Painter, stonecutter, sculptor, tattooist, engraver, artists as polyhedric as Roti are difficult to find nowadays. Good for street art, difficult as a journalist. Talking about his art becomes a challenge because of the impossibility of deciding where to start from, and what, amongst the various techniques he has mastered, to focus on. 

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