Shepard Fairey interview in Paris

As contributors to Street Art Paris, last Thursday Demian Smith and I, we had the opportunity to interview one of the most famous street artists in the world, currently: Shepard Fairey.

It’s a tremendous responsibility to interview an artist like him, who is also involved with business and politics. But yes, working as a journalist of street art I believe that when we have pure intentions and our goal is to absorb what the artist has to show in a positive way, we always get the right dots to connect.

Shepard Fairey is the brains behind the Obey Giant campaign and also the Barack Obama Hope poster during his campaign for the presidential elections. He came to Paris to launch a collection for Levi’s at its flagship store on the Champs-Elysees, and also to create a huge wall in the thirteen arrondissement.

During the interview we talked about his relationship with the fashion world, the project with Levi’s, all the charity programs that he is involved with and the help he gives to several institutions and also about how he feels nowadays after being responsible and influencing so many people to vote for Barack Obama with the poster “Hope”.

It’s hard to deny that he is a mix of artist, and politician and businessman. Talking with him and hearing his strong voice with well articulated answers I realised that he has a strong power to make a difference and to be a great example. It was really beautiful to hear how he is concerned about using his own profit to help others and the environment by  collaborating  with non–profit organizations such as Occupy Wall Street, Surfrider Fundation and many others.

When the interview finished, in an informal way I asked him if he was planning to paint something in Paris, and so we had the information first-hand of the address of the wall that he was going to paint (which was kept in secret for the first two days of work). The wall was painted over three long days, and we were there following step by step his work in progress.

On the third day (Sunday 18th June)  the gallery responsible for the  project , invited the media, fans and  people involved with street art to make a conference on the residential building  that he was painting. As a super-star Shepard was there posing for pictures and giving autographs with patience even with a lot of work to do before finally finishing the black and red, and involving and beautiful painting.

Between Thursday and Sunday, My life on My Bike and Street Art Paris recorded different moments and perspectives of his stay in Paris to produce a video that you can watch now on the link below and discover more about Shepard Fairey’s positive ideas and his performance in Paris.

Pictures below by – Demian Philip Smith – Street Art Paris and Maria Fernanda Schweichler

Hand-picked artifacts from the Studio of Shepard Fairey exposed at Levi’s Champs elysees.

Hand-picked artifacts from the Studio of Shepard Fairey exposed at Levi’s Champs Elysees.

Hand-picked artifacts from the Studio of Shepard Fairey exposed at Levi’s Champs Elysees.

Shepard Fairey on the pick-up, VIP Party @ Levi’s

Shepard Fairey – work in progress day one, Paris

Shepard Fairey – work in progress day one – Paris

Shepard Fairey – work in progress day two – Paris

Shepard Fairey – work in progress day two – Paris

Shepard Fairey – work in progress day three – Paris

Shepard Fairey- work in progress day three – Paris

Shepard Fairey- Paris

Shepard Fairey – Paris

Dasein Projekt  x Paris Zona Libre  

Continuing the “Invasion Berlinoise” in Paris, last Saturday I joined the opening of the installation – Dasein Projekt x Paris Zona Libre. The second exhibition of the project Paris Zona Libre happening now at the Gallery Frichez Nous La Paix on Belleville neighbourhood.

After the exhibition of the itinerant Gallery Open Walls with some well known artists of the street art scene from Berlin, it’s time for Estelle Beuvais, director and producer of a series of french-german movies called Dasein Projekt.

In the occasion of this event, through a collaborative way, the concept of the project was to bring 80 different artists from Berlin and Paris to present their work sticking it in the gallery (and outside as well). Moment also to present the new series of movies that Estelle produced, called: No Art No Street (which can be entirely watched on the Desain Projekt website).

It was pleasuring to spend the raining Saturday afternoon watching the act outside of the gallery. The work of the artists were stick on the wall by the representative and very good hands of artists such as SP-38 and Demain Roudeau who is also responsible for the organization of this event.

SP 38 painting alive for Dasein Projekt

Around 7pm the official opening started with good music and an animated party. The walls inside of the gallery were all covered by pictures and drawings full of poetry,  everything in black and white.

If you are interested to submerse yourself in the beautiful and positive message of the fusion of the creative scene from Berlin-Paris, make sure to reserve a good time to visit the small gallery and appreciate each universe of the 80 different artists.

The installation is running until this Thursday, June 14!

Below pictures of the event.

Jace at Le M.U.R – Art and Meditation

It’s quite strange to say that it is possible to feel in a meditative state at the vibrant Rue Oberkampf in Paris. Specially when it’s a Printemps afternoon, and feeling like weekend time. But yes, yesterday I felt in a meditative state watching Jace’s performance at Le M.U.R.

It’s always a beautiful present to watch the creative process of one artist when he is working on it. In the case of Jace was even special. On the huge 24m2 panel he draw his famous character Gouzou, (who is celebrating 20 years old) “playing” with the word ART. Actually a critic to the business of art.

Watching for 3 hours Jace’s performance for the street, looking for the massive word ART, made me deeply submerse into a meditative state.

A lot of things contributed for this kind of “nirvana” that I reached. Before going to the show, I watched an amazing video of his work in Anakao, Madagascar. I was inspired by the lovely song and the beautiful fabric for vessels that he painted for this community. The song was so special that I heard 3 times before taking my bike on the way to Le M.u.r.        I posted the link of the video here with the pictures. In the end of the video, observe the beautiful images of his painting reflecting on the water of the ocean. It’s genial!

Arriving at Le M.u.r feels always a good energy. Fans that are following Le M.u.r for long time were there with their big and curious eyes. All of us, children, youth and seniors, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, people that are just passing by, were there, in the same energy, trying to register in cameras and minds this so special moment.

At the end of the show, Jace patiently distributed autographs with individual drawings for the fans. Saturday, June 9,  will be the opening of his solo show in Paris at the Gallery MathGoth. Celebrating Gouzou’s birthday, the exhibition promises good surprises until June 21.

Congratulations Jace!

Below some pics that I took during Jace’s performance.

Great street art exhibition in Paris

This week I visited two galleries to see Street Art “on canvas’. This is one great thing about this cosmopolitan city, in Paris there are so many cultural and artistic things happening for all kind of tastes. Normally, Wednesday to Friday are the official days for the vernissages.

Yesterday I went to see the opening of the “Collages Urbains”. A Collective exhibition that presents works with variable techniques as drawing, painting, silkscreen, paper and mirrors cutting and writing, all this presented by the artists: Fred Le Chevalier, Diamant, Rubbish Cube, L.N.2.3, Pioc Ppc, Suriani, Clet, Paella, Gregos and Shadee.K.

The artists use to put their works on the streets to bring color, happiness and poetry for our ordinary lifes. Accepting that their works exposed to the obvious characteristic of the streets, the ephemeral, fragile victim of time, occasionally get stolen.

The exhibition proposed to reveal the personality and style of each artist, giving them a generous light on each work.

“Collages Urbains” will be running until June 24 at the gallery Le cabinet d’ Amateur in the eleventh arrondissement.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Rubbish Cube

Suriani

Diamant

Fred Le Chevalier, Diamant, L.N.2.3

Rubbish Cub

Paella, Gregos, Diamant, Shadee.K, Rubbish Cub

CLET, PIOC PPC

An other exhibition I visited this week, was at Frichez-Nous la Paix, in the heart of the Belleville neighborhood.

Considered the meca of street art in Paris, this place is a mix of gallery, meeting place,  workshop and a privileged spectator of street art performances achieved on the ‘opposite wall’.

With the theme “Paris Zona Libre” that will run until June 30, 4 invasions from Berlin will happen mixing works of art, movie, music and serigraphy alive (check here their complete agenda).

Until 6 June, the first  Berlinoise invasion at this place is presented by the itinerant Berlim street art gallery Open Walls that brings to Paris recent works form the artists: Alias , BR1, SP 38, Tona & Vermibus.

It’s a very good opportunity to have a vision of the capital shifted yet “rebellious”.

SP38

Tona

Alias

Alias

BR1

BR1, Vermibus