Paris Street-Art retrospective of 2012

Dear reader, as this is my last post of the year, I would like to share a retrospective of my work in 2012.  

Aimed to be a journalist specialized in street-art, I did a selection of 20 works that I experienced on the streets of Paris and most touched my heart. I organized it in chronologic order with a few words to describe my emotions during the four seasons.

Spontaneity and pure heart were rules to execute my work. Extraordinary things happened and filled my soul in the chaos of my own existence.

I came to Paris exactly a year ago. Since my first day in the city of lights I have been shooting  all art that I have been finding on the streets. In total of 600 different art-works from artists all over the world.

In January will be one year that I have been blogging here at My Life On My Bike.  So far I wrote 60 articles, mostly about street art. I was blessed to be seen in almost 100 countries with more than 10 000 viewings.

I did my first street-art tour in Paris last April. Moment that I met for the first time the  journalist Demian Smith. Both passionate for street-art, together we produced my first video documentary. I became a Contributor Editor for Alternative Paris and I got the chance to interview one of the most important street-artists in the world: Shepard Fairey.

During 2012 I interviewed more than 50 graffiter and street-artists. At Le M.U.R de L’Art show last november, just in 4 days I interviewed 35 artists. A marathon of interviews for a street-art documentary that I’m working for and will be ready in 2013.

I traveled to Prague, Amsterdam and London . During all those trips, I had open eyes to register and learn the local urban art scene.

I went to vernissages and I visited a lot of shows in galleries and museums focused on street-art and graffiti.  I watched many performances, mostly at Le M.U.R. (organization that promotes urban art in Paris, with live performance each 15 days). I hang out with artists, photographers, journalists, poets, cinematographers and ordinary people passionate about it. I met so many beautiful souls.

Passion and gratitude are the feelings that define my year of 2012. I thank for everyone, I say thank you for the Universe. I am thankful for all good energy in the world. It was all about learning! And I dedicate all this learning for inner peace and happy mind for all leaving beings in the world.

See you in 2013 with new projects. Even more dynamic and professional!

Have a lovely New Year!

1 – On my first day in Paris in a cold night of winter time, I found this poetic wall. I started to discover the sophistication of Parisian street-artists. Fred Le Chevalier became my hope to keep me dreaming. (read my article about Fred Le Chevalier here)

2 – Close to my place,  at Le Marais, days before Christmas of 2011. I found this big collage on the dramatic roofs of Paris by Bonom. In those days, my world was like this, completely up-side-down. (read my article about Bonom here)

3 –  A treat by Fred Le Chevalier welcomed my year of 2012. A such blessed year!

4 – The Mario Bros from Space Invader made me complete nostalgic during the hard weather of January. I felt I could play as  Centre de Pompidou plays with his modern and colourful architecture, contrasting with the classical and beige atmosphere of Paris. (read my article about Space Invader here)

5 – On the same day that I visited Gagosian Gallery, one of the most powerful galleries in the world,  ironically, I found this graffiti by Kidult. I questioned myself: How power could eliminate misery? (read my article about this story here)

 

 6 – While visiting the hype store Collete at Saint Honorre street I got obviously dominated by the desire of consumption. Getting off I saw this work just next to the store.  I was reminded by Jérôme Mesnager that  freedom is about controlling those desires.

7 -End of the winter. I was walking on the streets of Saint German des Pres and been surrounded by imposing and classic galleries, I was surprised by the cross of LMDLDZR. The feeling of elitist art was immediately broken. (read my article about LMDLDZR here)

8 –During my first street art tour with Underground Paris, I was introduced to Le M.U.R at Rue Oberkampf in Beleville. I felt in love.  A new street-artist working live each 15 days?! Love at the first sight. (read my article about  street-art tour here)

9 – On a beautiful primrose Friday in Paris. At Canal Saint Martin I interviewed Fred Le Chevalier. In that moment, he was the first artist that I catch up in Paris. My knight of the streets is so lovely as his art is. (read my complete interview here)

Fred Le Chavalier and my friend and fan of his work Mines.

Fred Le Chevalier and my friend and fan of his work Mines at Canal Saint Martin.

Tattoo on the arm of Fre Le Chevalier

Tattoo on the arm of Fred Le Chevalier

10- Love, street art, bike and spring time was in the air, was on me.

11 – On the day that Francois Hollande was elected the French President, while a huge party was happening at Bastille, I was editing my first mini-documentary about the project Museum  Imaginary. An ephemeral and illegal exhibition that was opened for the public just for one day, the day of the presidential election. I was lucky to be there. We documented this genial art project. (read my article about Museum Imaginary here)

Museum Imaginary

Museum Imaginary

Museum Imaginary

Museum Imaginary

12 – I tried to invade the abandoned super-market were the fantastic artistic residence Mausolée was done. We just taste part of it. Fear, dirty and darkness blowed our minds. The sense of being unsafe dominated us. We will come back.(read my article about Mausolée here)

13 –Summer arrives. Sunshine, colours, sensuality, pic nic on the parks, smiles, happiness and more street-art on the walls. Paris is like a dream!

14 – I interviewed Shepard Fairey in a hot summer afternoon at Champs Elyses. I was informed directly by him that he would start working on a wall that you can check bellow. We followed Shepard while he was painting it for 3 exciting days. We produced a documentary about his visit in Paris. He liked it (check his personal comment here) and we loved that experience. (read my article about Shepard Fairey here)

15 –I interviewed my  Brazilian country fellow Rafael Suriani in a bucolic day. He brought me to see some of his paste-ups. We spoke in Portuguese, we talked about Sao Paulo and discover some beautiful connections. I felt home. (read my interview with Rafael Suriani here)

16 – During a street-art bike tour with Underground Paris on a astonishing sunny day, I was captured by the expressive eyes of this carving by the Portuguese artist Vilhs. Our eyes are the mirror of our soul. (read my article about bike street-art tour here)

17 –Nether is an artist from Baltimore. During his short stay in Paris, one night, we filmed him putting some illegal stuff on the streets of Le Marais. I indicated him to past up on this wall…the work didn’t rest to much. I learned that is not about time, is about value.  Nether art is all about enriching children of his forgotten city Baltimore.

18 –My family was visiting me on the end of the summer. With my lovely nieces in a playground in front of the Seine in a surrealistic moment I saw this work from Leo and Pipo.  For a moment this people looked real and playing with the children, looked like a beautiful dream. I get confused to distinguish what was the reality.

19 – Parisian autumn arrives.  I was been warmed with the presence of my Mom and my second Mom (my aunt) from Brazil in Paris. Together we watched Kashink performance at Le M.U.R. The importance of family is a matter of surviving in my life, Kashink seems to feel that and wrote as a thought of his four eyes character : Okay Mom, I will. (read my article about Kashink here)

Ok Mam I will by Kashinsk

“Okay Mom, I will” by Kashinsk

20 – Colourful autumn trees are decorating Paris. Red, green and yellow leaves are scattered on the ground. I’m working with Alternative Paris crew covering the five days event Le M.U.R de L’Art. My little house was transformed into a recording studio were I interviewed 35 street-artists in less than ninety six hour for Alternative Paris documentary (expected to be ready in 2013). I also posted a daily article during the event. Despite the long working hours, the good energy from all people involved marked a great experience in my heart.  (read my articles here: opening, day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4)

My interview with Jana & JSPhoto: Charles Devoyer

My interview with Jana & JS
Photo: Charles Devoyer

My interview with FKDLPhoto: Charles Devoyer

My interview with FKDL
Photo: Charles Devoyer

My interview with Gola Hondun and Zosen BandidoPhoto: Charles Devoyer

My interview with Gola Hundum and Zosen Bandido
Photo: Charles Devoyer

My interview with Speed GraphytoPhoto: Charles Devoyer

My interview with Speedy Graphyto
Photo: Charles Devoyer


Just one more than 20:

21 – Last picture that I took in Paris two weeks ago at Belville Park, days before the winter comes again.  It’s sensible: I believe that without cultivate our spirituality , we will have a unbalanced life. Seth said in a recent interview: “If art is not spiritual, it doesn’t work for me”. Such beautiful philosophy for one street-artist!

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Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 4 + conclusion

To close my series of articles about Le Mur de L’Art 2012, I want to talk about feelings and abstract things relating to street-art and graffiti.

After interviewing 35 graffiti and street artists during the last 4 days of the event, plus some interviews with other artists during the year of  2012, I  try to transcribe a general feeling of all them: Street-art and graffiti are about freedom,  generosity, democracy, exchange, adrenaline and self-expression.

Freedom to go to street without asking if they can, to show their art without depending on the support of galleries. Leave their message and transform the urban scenario.  The challenge of not limiting their creations by the size of a regular canvas.
Generosity in giving their creations without expecting nothing back. Purity of intentions to share their work and bring happiness in people’s life. Simple and sublime.
Democracy to not select the public in advance as the traditional elitist way of showing art in galleries and museums. Art on the street is for everyone, rich and poor, it doesn’t matter the social position.  A great revolution in my opinion!
Exchange to interact with people in a very spontaneous way when they are putting work on the streets.  This happens every time and generates the most beautiful stories between artists and public.
Adrenaline to make something forbidden and feel alive in a world with so many squared rules.
Self-expression to have their name tagged and leave their own energy to the city, sometimes in really hard and dangerous places, what takes more adrenaline and courage.
Le Mur de L’art was a moment where street-artists had the opportunity to show and sell their work, most of them in canvas and inside a place for traditional exhibition, also to raise funds for Le M.U.R, an important organization that have been promoting urban art since 2003.

Some of those aspects can be very contradictory with the feelings that I just describe above, making street art and graffiti loose their truly roots.

Alternative Paris is producing a documentary with the intention to discuss all those issues and trying to understand this new artistic movement that someone described as: Urban Contemporary Art.

For now,  I can summarize my own perception during this event in a very positive way. Even if some natural roots of street-art are lost in events like that, it’s impossible to deny that Le Mur de L’Art was a great friend and created a constructive environment where artists, public, gallerists, collectors, photographers, journalists and filmmakers all exchanged their knowledge and energy with joy.

I hope all people involved in some way with Le Mur de L’Art during these last days, could have the same feeling that I had: It’s all about learning!

Well, nothing could fill my soul more than learning in every day life surrounded by street art universe that I’m super passionate about.

I will finish this article using the same words that Demian Smith used for the last article about Le Mur de L’Art  for Alternative Paris:

Love, peace and prosperity!

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Alternative Paris crew at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Paella at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

No Rules Cop at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Cyklop at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Ricahard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Ricahard Beban  & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka with a fun at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Thom Thom and Fernanda Hinke for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

FKDL for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 3

Hot Saturday for Le Mur de L’Art show! The exhibition is happening on the trendy quartier of Le Marais in Paris where fashion meets art and falafels. Home of orthodox jews and the biggest gay community in the French capital. Also stage for the infamous graffitier Kidult to write sharp sentences on the walls. The favorite place of  the street-artist Fred le Chevalier and his sweet paste-ups. Contrast, is all about it!  The contrast about being inside while street-art is expected to be outside. An issue for street-art universe, that we have been discussing with the artists during the event on our studio at Rue de Rosiers in Le Marais, for Alternative Paris documentary.

As expected, the event was crowded during the whole Saturday! That is to prove how street-art have been rising interest in a larger scale.  During the event we could often see children delighting while watching artists sliding their hands with a spray can. A generation that will grow up without any judgment or prejudice of this way of making art.

Today, Sunday the last day of the French salon for street-art. If you are in Paris don’t miss it!!!

Check below on the videos and photos, the best moments of this Saturday at Le Mur de L’Art 2012: Live performances, artists working and signing for fans in their ateliers, music and the backstage of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary.

 

 

Le Mur de L’Art  2012, Paris – Saturday evening
Photo: Richard Beban

Le Mur de L’Art 2012, Paris – Saturday evening
Photo: Richard Beban


Zosen, Kenor, Gola Hundun and H101 at Le mur de L’Art 2012
Photo: Richard Beban

Backstage of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary  at Rue des Rosiers, Le Marais – Paris.

Dominique Larrivaz during the interview for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Module de Zeer with Fernanda Hinke for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fancy for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Tomorrow check my last article about the last day of the event and more information about what Alternative Paris has been recording during the Le Mur de L’Art 2012!

Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 2

My Life on My Bike and Alternative Paris are daily covering  the exhibition of Le Mur de L’Art in Paris.  Every day a new post with fresh pictures and a video-teaser are presented in our website.The event happens until this Sunday (11thNovember) at l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux on Le Marais Cartier in Paris.The Paris Salon of street-art is gathering over 50 artists from France, Switzerland, Spain, Holland and other.Every day 3 live performances in a 6,2x4m panel show the work in progress of different artists. The stands of some artists are also used as ateliers and the public can enjoy  them while working in their canvas and installations in different techniques as stencil, paste-up, spray paint…

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Jonathan Edwards

Zosen and Gola Hundum for Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Missy for Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Cecile Nei filming Renson and Missy for Alternative Paris at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Jerome Mesnager for Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Paella stand at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Smole stand at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Alternative Paris crew, which I am contributor editor is recording a documentary  during the Le Mur de L’Art show, exploring some issues of the street art world. In my Studio at Rue des Rosiers on Le Marais, just a few meters from the event, the artists are coming to share their thoughts about this important artistic movement. Beside the cinematographer Charles Devoyer, so far we already interviewed 20 artists that are participating on Le Mur de L’Art show.  Check out the pictures below.

SIXO drawing for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Sam, Louic and Turk with Fernanda Hinke during the interview for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fernanda Hinke interviewing Chanoir for Alternative Paris
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Jane & Js preparing to be filmed by Charles Devoyer
Photo: Jonathan Edwards

Jane & JS stencil for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 1

 Le Mur de L’Art  check list for Alternative Paris and My Life on My Bike:

Day 01:

– 1 video/teaser with 2 performances of the day –  DONE.

– 9 interviews for Alternative Paris documentary –  DONE.

– A sensible selection of pictures for our posts – DONE.

Result of the day: Learning, running, learning, running, learning, running, learning, running, STOP! I need to go sleep…it’s 3:30 am.

Enjoy the video and pictures below produced by Alternative Paris crew: Demian SmithFernanda HinkeCecile Nei,  Charles DevoyerRichard Beban, Jonathan Edwards.

“I was enthralled (as a Berkeley feminist from the 60’s) to see how many women artists this show has, and, even more, was delighted with the interaction between them and the female school kids.  These are girls who will grow up with an image of women as artists, and as something THEY can choose to become. What a great world they’re growing up into.” Words by Richard Beban

Gola Hundum and Zosen during interview for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fernanda Hinke interviewing Mosko for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fernanda Hinke interviewing Alber for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Macay for Alternative Paris documentary

Le Mur de L’Art – Opening documented by Alternative Paris

Alternative Paris  is shooting a documentary during the second edition of Le Mur de L’Art exhibition in Paris.  Right now, I’m tired, very tired.  Is already 2 a.m and our crew worked hard. I’m posting here some thoughts and pictures from this amazing first day!

Scenario – lights – cameras –  frames – distortions – thoughts.

Work in progress by artists  – installations – shootings – photography – smell of sprays – introductions –  booking interviews – thoughts.

Time –  last details – cardboard – food – team – first interview – first shooting on the street while artists were acting – thoughts.

Vernissage – people + people –  party – music – drink for free – 27 interviews booked, artists performances – friendship – network – business – thoughts.

Relax – movie inspiration – revision – walk – thoughts.

Relax – write –  photos to choose – this article – dreams and good night!

Chanoir at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Astro at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Speedy Graphito at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Shaka at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo by Fernanda HInke

Kouka at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Bustart at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Kashink and Speedy Graphito at Le Mur de L’Art
Phto: Fernanda Hinke

Thom Thom at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Beton and Valentim at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Teurk at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Jean Moderne and RCF1 at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Le Cyklop at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Ella et Pitr interviewed by Fernanda Hinke for Alternative Paris documentary 
Photo: Jonathan Edwards

Ella et Pitr pasting -up on the streets and been filming and shooting by Alternative Paris crew: Jonathan Edwards, Charles Devoyer and Richard Beban. Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Elle et Pitr
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat performance and Le M.U.R de L’ Art exhibition

Saturday, third day of November, a frozen autumn in Paris.  A few days before the expected event that Le M.U.R association is promoting starting on November 8th,  involving more than 50 street artists for an exhibition plus live performances,  I joined the spray paint performance of the French street artist M. Chat promoted by the Le M.U.R XVIII.

In front of the Seine, on the end of the afternoon entering the night, cold one. One event where just lovers of street art who could bear the feeling of their feet freezing while M.Chat was drawing his lines in details before finishing his remarkable yellow cat with a big smile on the roofs of Paris surrounded by a hopeful and beautiful blue sky.

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat for Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat started to paint in Orléans, France in 1997, on chimneys, roofs, and train platforms. He kept his identity anonymous for 10 years, when in 2007 he was caught in the act of creating the cat.  He was documented by the film maker Chris Marker in 2004, named Chats Perchés (The Case of the Grinning Cat). In 2010 M.Chat had more than 60 cats on the streets of Paris during one time for an exhibition.

M. Chat on the roofs of Montmartre
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat at Pont EPhémère in Paris
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

For the event Le M.U.R de L’Art that will happen during this week,  My Life on My Bike and Alternative Paris crew will be covering with creative and alternative journalism  the most important moments of this exciting exhibition updating information every day with videos, photos and articles. Be sure to check out our website every day during this week!

Beyond the 50 artists will be exposing their art work on canvas, with performances and installations. Every day there are three performances, workshops, music and the presentation of the “400 ML Project”. 400 spray cans customized by 400 international artists over the last  years.

Come enjoy with us Le M.U.R de L’Art at l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, located at rue 48 Vieille du Temple, Paris, between the 8th and 11th of November.  For more information click here.