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Express yourself through art

To begin with, we wrote this article to present Street art, an art that took off in the 20th  century. In our view, this subject is important and enlightening so we have to talk about it. First, we are going to deal with the history of street art, then we will talk about Graig Costello and Tilt who are two fabulous street artists. To conclude we will talk about hangar 107 a place which exhibits modern artwork.

In the 1970’s, street art appeared in the underprivileged city centers like the Bronx where the students illegally tagged on the walls in the streets and also on the subway after school. It’s in the 1980’s that street art became known all around the world. At the end of the 2000’s till the 2010’s, street art exploded in the marketplace. But why ? Quite simple! Because staff members who worked in town halls began to find this artform really beautiful and useful. They began to ask some taggers to intervene on walls in order to make them more attractive. At this moment graffiti became legal in several places ( authorized walls). Other street artists started to use canvas and exhibit  in galleries. But it didn’t fit for a lot of them who  missed the adrenalin of going in the middle of the night to tag illegally on walls or subways without been caught by the police. Street art allows them to cry out some emotions, usually, and in the same time to deliver a message to our society. Yet, others just paint on street walls just for fun. In this artform, there are several supports( walls, cans, BA13…) on which we can reproduce different painting techniques like extension,  layers,  cutting and assembly for instance…)


Let’s present Graig Costello now. He is also called “KR” and he grew up in the Queens in the 1980’s surrounded by graffiti artists, skaters and punks. In the graffiti culture, the trouble was put: the painting was stolen, the spots to paint illegal. It was about tinkering with his own markers and asserting his style, while experimenting with many tools and new techniques. As graffiti on train cars disappeared, invading streets and highways, graffiti artists started to move more and therefore styles and tools had to adapt to this evolution as well. In the early 90s, KR moved to San Francisco to study photography at the San Francisco Institute of Art. He discovered a flourishing scene and yet very different from the one he had known in New York. And that’s why he brought totally new materials and styles. By openly ignoring the authorized walls, he transformed the streets of San Francisco into his own research and development laboratory, and he has been experimenting with various tools and techniques to create ever larger felt tag for years. Today, Craig Costello’s work is centered around the line, its thickness and its deployment. His does Graffiti on mailboxes, on walls, but also on canvases. Continuing his research, he began using the fire extinguisher as a tool to invest large spaces, among which the arches of the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) or a room of the Museum of Slaughterhouses (Toulouse) during the first edition of the biennale Rose Concrete. His monumental and abstract vertical paintings combine violence and delicacy, upsurge and mastery.


Tilt, a very famous  artist from the urban culture, was born in 1973 in Toulouse where he still lives and works nowadays. Quite young, he discovered graffiti’s culture which became a game for him, thanks to his fascination to skateboard. His technique has been based on disintegration and destruction of a place. He extracts pieces of street pavement to put it in a new place. In Hangar 107 for example, he recovered BA13, which he cut and tagged. His creations are a shape of language plasticity, a street writing which gives us a kind of dialogue between urban place and the foundation of the underground culture. Tilt always tags his name in every city of the world where he goes.


To summarise, we think that Street Art is not vandalism but only art. It allows artists to express themselves and people to show that they exist; that’s why they write their blazes on walls.


To conclude, Hangar 107 is a gallery in which artists are invited to exhibit their artwork. The current exhibition is called  » fundamentals ». It means the return to the origins of graffiti. Through this exhibition Tilt and Graig Costello pay a tribute to our cities, to our walls and to the artists of their generation who contributed to the birth of street art as we know it today.

We, year 11 euro class students of Jeanne d’arc high have had the great opportunity to visit  this amazing exhibition. We recommend it to anyone!


By Sabalic Mélina and Carnoy Justine

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