The former grain and flour storage facility, Magasins Généraux that stands along the Canal de l’Ourcq at Pantin, has for the past seven years been a central focus for local and visiting graffiti-street artists. For in this year’s local festival, L’été du Canal artists Art of Popof, Da Cruz and Marko and their guests have been given carte blanche to paint the two giant warehouses.
The Magasins Généraux even has its own dedicated site, an interactive walkthrough scenario which allows us to paint our own art, … Read
In August 2010 Sowat & Lek, from France’s DMV crew organised forty French artists to paint out the inside of an abandoned 430,000 square foot supermarket in North Paris. For a year, an illegal artistic residency took place, documented by photo and film and by collecting detritus from the huge squatted complex which has been brought together in this new exhibition in Paris’ 13th arrondissement.
Lek & Sowat tell us that what remains of the site close to Parc de Villette is “a temple dedicated to … Read
OnOff Crew exhibition, Enter The Wall, at Frichez Nous La Paix project space art gallery, Rue Dénoyez, Paris 20.
Your recent exhibition Enter The Wall at Frichez Nous La Paix gallery, Belleville, included an unusual and intricate installation. Can you tell us a little bit about the show.
It’s been a while that we have been questioning the concept of volume in our 2D pieces. The idea at this moment was to introduce depth in the wall by experimenting with the 3D effect of bi-coloured blue and … Read
Tell us a little about your artistic background and how you go into street art.
I haven’t had a formal artistic education, but my natural mother drew and left me her materials after she died at the age of 18. My grandmother drove me to reuse her materials and I would draw every Sunday at her place. This was when I was six, and I also used to draw a lot at school for fun – things like comics for the school journal and caricatures of … Read
Nick Walker’s Vandal character genuflects to the Paris street art scene?
Interviewing a street artist from Britain is an odd first post for a Paris blog on street art, perhaps, but we were keen to find out the latest from him after the recent swathe of interventions he left for us, produced during February’s freezing conditions – a distant memory in today’s 18 degree Paris sunshine. So, for the record, his debut on this blog reflects his achievements in Paris, and has nothing whatsoever to … Read