Bonom at Le M.U.R XIII

For the inauguration of the second Le M.U.R wall in Paris at the thirteen arrondissement, the association invited the Belgian artist BONOM to do a live performance last Wednesday in front of the Senna River.

As I’ve written here before, the famous Le M.U.R  at Rue Oberkampf  has been presenting live artistic performances every 15 days, promoting urban art since 2007. Le M.U.R  (which stands for modulable, urbain, reactif) is an association that invites street artists providing gallery exhibition conditions on the streets.

The Mayor of the 13e, Jerome Coumet, is really engaged in promoting culture in this area. With a lot of expressive national and international works from artists as Shepard Fairey, C215, Vilhs, Jana & Js and Inti, the arrondissement has been transforming into an open sky museum for street art, specially now, after the opening of the second wall of the dynamic Le Mur.

I was there, expecting to watch Bonom draw an animal, a subject that he draws very often and is really impressive to see around the city.

But for this performance he drew a woman, a beautiful naked woman, which, I’m guessing, could be a nice tribute for his girlfriend who was there.

I quickly asked him only one question: Why did you decide to paint a woman instead of an animal? He replied: “ Why shouldn’t I paint a woman? It’s so motivating!”

With a raw technique, he used spraypaint only in the beginning to add some colors and the first traces of the drawing. After that he painted with a roll in a rustic and rushed way.

See pictures of Bonom Performance at Le M.U.R XIII

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.

He came at night: LMDLDZR at Le M.U.R

As I wrote here, in my last article about Le M.U.R at Rue Oberkampf, the proposal of the organization is to cover the panel with urban art each 15 days. In May 19, the Portuguese artist VHILS performed at Le Mur and his work was supposed to be there until June 7.  But in the night of May 23 – 24, unfortunately the work was stolen.

To keep the main purpose of this open sky gallery and show urban art constantly, the members of the organization worked fast and invited other great French artist to perform,  LMDLDZR (Le MoDuLe De ZeeR).

His performance happened last night, between 1am and 3am, I had this information on first hand by the Street Art Paris Organization and I was there with exclusivity to watch, photograph and talk with the artist.

LMDLDZR arrived at 1am and discretely start to work. The street was full of people enjoying Friday night in Paris but no one that pass by couldn’t unnoticed his act. For 2 hours a huge spontaneous audience was luck to appreciate his figurative and abstract graphic work in progress.

At 3am, he finished after using 6 black markers.  When I asked him the meaning of this masterpiece, he answered me that prefers that each one has your own interpretation. Once his work is completely black and white, make sense that you can interpret by yourself and add colors in your mind.

LMDLDZR does not sign his work, but he sticks QR codes in the end. He believes that this is a democratic way. Once street art is for everybody and doesn’t select the public,  people that are interested in his work, can scan and discovery more about his art.  With ambitious projects, we hope to see his work soon on the streets of New York and London.

Congratulations LMDLDZR for your art. Congratulations Le Mur for bringing us such amazing performance at night and also congratulation Street Art Paris Organization for being so informed in what is happening on the “crème de la crema’ of street art scene in Paris.

Below, pictures of the artist LMDLDZR working last night.



Le MUR – Promoting Urban Art

At number 107 of Rue Oberkampf in Paris, on the corner with Rue Saint-Maur, a huge panel measuring 24m2 has been presenting live artistic performances promoting urban art since 2007. Le M.U.R (modulable, urbain, reactif) is an association that invites street artists providing gallery exhibition conditions to the streets.

Saturday, May 05, I was there to watch the performance number 120, made by the French artist Alber. For 6 hours I could appreciate all his creative process and also observe how this idea transformed a billboard (as for what the panel used to be use) and brought art to the general public.

Le Mur is an entirely legal association that has been running by 8 volunteers (artists and enthusiastic with urban art). Their work is to promote street and contemporary art, giving the financial and structural support for the artists that will performance on the wall. The organization is sponsored by the city hall, donations (that can be tax deductible) and by selling their own books.

The main idea is to cover the wall with a new art each 15 days. The artists are selected by a process similar to filmmaking, through casting and proposal. Artists from all over the world are welcome to apply and performance at Le Mur.

The artists are paid for the work and also all the material that they need to paint is offered by the organization. Even if the artists don’t have a workspace or are just passing by Paris, they can work “in residence” for a few days on the headquarters of the association.

During the performance by Alber, I enjoyed step by step the spray of his precise curves and edges in his caricatured characters. Everyone is welcome to watch the shows, which some times can last just half an hour or, as Alber’s performance, can last for 6 hours.

It’s beautiful to observe how people, passing by, start to be curious with the movement. In the end of the performance a vernissage happens with free drinks for the public. I also visited the Le Mur studio, with the intention to deeply understand this laudable initiative that is administrated by the association’s president Mr. Bob Jeudy.

I bought a book that was published in 2010 celebrating 3 years of their existence (Le M.U.R The Wall edited by Kitchen 93 27,00 euros). This example can easily be a model for all the world to promote street art. Instead of using the walls for advertisement, talented artists can have the opportunity to show their work.

Below, pictures of the artist Alber painting Le M.U.R performance number 120.

Le Mur studio

Le Mur studio

Wall for artists practice at Le Mur studio

Books edited by Le Mur Organization