In the forest in Brittany is a clearing where the Leprechauns like to gather to play a game called Brothers of Art. They may be as many assistants as the two brothers need. The Leprechauns dance and sing along in a lovely merry-go-round. Everybody’s invited in the middle is supposed to name a new material that can be used for a canvas, until their ideas come to an end. When a foreigner lost in the moor can name a new material, they cover him with gold!
The two painters are brothers but mainly artists. They have been inherited of the art taught by the dwarfs, the blacksmiths of the ancient mine, masters in the assembly of metals. They know how to mound the amber with iron.
Freebooters of rust and master mariners of driftwoods, they operate and no one is better commanding at our emotions. The corrosion of the metal and the work the sea has done upon the wood, form the background of the canvas and the layers of their stencils appear coordinated. I am thinking of the portrait of this woman who reminds me of Bouche-Dorée, one of Corto Maltese’s ghosts…
But here no cross, Monk, nor Calvary in the very universe of the brothers. Their cosmogony is telluric, maybe after the Norwegian tale of the struggle between mighty giants who spread their bodies across the earth. It’s a pagan universe, but not godless.
In the little music they orchestrate lies the smart deconstruction of the clichés, all these pictures we know by heart, in their assemblage of each detail to make it sound. They reach the coda when a spectator recognizes the original tune when he makes up his mind about the first history of a second-hand part. It’s like a revelation that leads him along the shore until the forest of signs, which the two brothers in art like to install deep in their canvas. Like a treasure.
The quantity of portraits tells a lot about how much they consider meeting people is important in their work. They are so many different that sometimes when I am on the ground, I feel like if I had been invited by the Leprechauns in the ronde…
VERNISSAGE ON FRIDAY 13/09/2019 ! at LAVO//MATIK Exhibition from 13th to 28th September 20 Bvld du General Jean Simon, Paris 13eme
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Sigismond Cassidanius, polymorphic artist. He makes stencils and belongs to a group of collagists. He also writes press releases about other street-artists for their exhibitions and he animates a group on Facebook.His passion for street-art movement grew since the 90’s when, together with his friends, he created the association JONAS. They have been involved in squatting the former Lycée Diderot (Pole-Pi) in 1995 until 1999 and organized festivals of urban arts in Montmartre. After his bachelor in history of Paris he oriented himself to the working class anthropology and the urban economy. He has been working for 20 years for the city of Paris as a pedagogical responsible. Today he shares his passion for urban artistry through guiding and his support of the Collective 3 Couronnes in Belleville.
Former rail freight depot is now a home for Station F (a business incubator for startups), and La Felicità – currently the biggest of Big Mamma Group restaurants in Paris. Place includes a 1000m2 sunny terrace, 3 bars, several different Italian cuisines, and a cafeteria. Trains are great canvases for graffiti writers and street artists. Big Mamma decided to keep that artistic vibe by inviting them to decorate the space; The impressive spay paintings on train wagons and big lanterns were done by many popular local street artists including Jerome Mesnager, Oji, Tetar, Mr Pee, ChaNoir, Bault, and many others. La Felicita hosts special events, exhibitions and concerts. Great place to visit after our Murals XXL Tour (click here to book it).
Just recently opened – first Street Art Museum on water! The boat has three levels: Bottom is reserved for temporary exhibitions (currently presenting works from Brooklyn based artist Swoon), middle level has a permanent collection of some of the most representative artists from around the world including Futura 2000 or Vhils, and the upper level is reserved for a bar where the menu is printed on old spray cans. Fluctuart organizes great events and concerts in the evenings, and during the day, workshops in collaboration withLe Musée en Herbe. You can also find a bookstore here – All dedicated to Street Art!
If you want to feel the real spirit of Belleville (the most artistic neighbourhood in Paris) you ve got to visit Barbouquin. The name is a mix between the words “bar” and “book”. The place is based on the everchanging Graffiti Street, where every day a new piece pops up. The owner of Barbouquin – Yohanna Uzan – has a great deal with local artists, allowing them to enter the walls outside as well as inside. Check out some great artworks byStew, Prwnd, Shiry,Suriani and many, many more! And during the weekend come to listen to some original live music performed by talented young artists like Theko, Gatica or Fuensanta Mendes.
Best is to visit Culture Rapide during the summer when all the tables are moved to the terrace next to the community garden and many colourful spray paintings. Two biggest walls are taken by Ben 93 and Jean Le Gac. Originally there was a building connecting those two walls, but the city decided to demolish it while building the new metro line that goes just bellow Rue Belleville (line 11). Culture Rapide is, in fact, more than a bar, it has a vibe of a small cabaret in Montmartre in the late 1890s. Local artists meet up here to play music, participate in the open mic or to take part in Poetry Slams.
Named after the former green wall (that you can still see in the video clip by the band Beirut, for their “Nantes” hit from 2007) this is a spot to visit while in Paris. Twice a month Association Le Mur is inviting an artist to paint the former billboard located just in front of their terrace. If you come at the right time (join one of ourBelleville tours on Saturdays!) you would be a witness to a live performance. The place allows the association to keep some of the materials inside, and they offer free drinks to celebrate the inauguration of every new wall. If you stay there, you have many possibilities to meet the artists and event organizers. So far La Place Verte hosted more than 280 artists from all over the world including stars like: Logan Hicks (USA), Mist(France), Stinkfish (Mexico/Colombia), Bordalo II(Portugal), Reka (Australia), Herakut(Germany), Roa (Belgium) and Pener (Poland) to name a few.
Similar to Le Mur, this place has its wall reserved for live performances. They change their facade every two months. Other than that you can find here some interesting exhibitions, ateliers and lots of interesting concerts.
Some people are calling Montreuil a Brooklyn of Paris… and there are some reasons for it. Many artists can’t afford to live in Paris, therefor majority of them are living in close suburbs, like Vitry, Ivry, Saint Denis, Pantin or MONTREUIL. Montreuil is full of artists ateliers and great places to hang out. La Comedia stands out among others with its awesome alternative vibe. Come especially if you are interested in discovering new talents during the jam sessions.
Everybody who lives in Paris knows Point Ephemere. Its great exhibition and concert space. Outside there are some walls reserved for their invited artists (currently YZ and YAKES), but most are open for anyone who can express themselves. Among others, you can find works by artists likeInvader, Mr Bmx, or our friend Vic Oh. The place is just next to the water, was formerly used as a fire station. Group of people have turned it from the abounded squat into an artists residence spaces (4 artists’ studios, a dance studio, 5 music rehearsal studios). Today is probably one of the city’s most popular places.
Based on the old train station this place is a mix between a club, a restaurant and a bar. The terrace is based just next to the old train tracks where you can see some of the city’s oldest graffiti as well as the brand new ones – some in the making in front of your own eyes. The place is constantly evolving and it is a pleasure to watch.
Not far from the official Catacombs, here s another gem worth your attention. Grand Voisins is a community of asylum seekers recently arrived in Paris, hundreds of associations, artists, craftsmen, and young companies developing their activities. The place has great home-cooked food at a good price and they make their lemonade. Originally a hospital, Grand Voisins It is a temporary project that would likely close down in 2020. Walking around notice great murals painted by Jace (la Reunion), Alexone (France), Jean-Baptiste Di Marco & Romain Render(France), Kouka(France/Congo) and all the rest wonderful street art there.