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Express oneself through art

To begin, we wrote this article to share this new movement of XX centuries. For us, this subject is important and enlightening so we have to talk about that. First, we are going to talk about the history of this art, in second time we will talk about Graig Costello and Tilt, two fabulous artists in this movement. To conclude we will talk about the hangar 107 a place which expose many work of art.


In 1970’s, street-art appeared in the underprivileged center like the Bronx where the students after school illegally tag on the walls in the streets and also on the subway. It’s in the 1980’s that the street-art became known. At the end of the 2000’s until the 2010’s, street-art exploded in the marketplace. But why ? Quite simply because staff member who worked in town hall began to find this shape of art really beautiful. They began to ask to some taggers and graffers to intervene on walls in order to make them more beautiful. At this moment tag and graffe became legal in several places. Other taggers or graffers started to do it on the canvas, even some started to expose in galeries. But it didn’t fit for a lot of graffers, they missed the adrenalin of going in the middle of the night to tag illegally on walls or subway without be catched by police. Street-art allow them to cry out some emotions, usually, in the same times to deliver a message to society. But however other do that for their personal pleasure. In this shape of art, it exists several supports( on the walls, canvas, BA13…) where we can produce differents painting technique like the extension, the layers, the cutting, the assembly…)


Graig Costello called “KR” 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 arrived by bringing a radically new look at 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 more flowers. Today, Craig Costello’s work is centered around the line, its thickness and its deployment. It’s colours invade the megalopolises, are based 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, an artist very famous in this urban culture, was born in 1973 in Toulouse where he still live and work nowadays. Quite young, he discovered graffiti’s culture which became a game for him, thank’s to his fascination to skateboard. His technique has been based on disintegration and destruction of a place. He extracts a peace of the street to put it in a new place. Here for example he recovered BA13, which he cut and tagged. Then, he exposed it in galeries, the hangar 107 in Rouen. 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 is used to tag his name in every city of the world where he goes.


To summarise, we think that is not vandalism but only art. It allows to express oneself and it allows to the artist to show that they exist that’s why they write their blazes on walls.


To conclude, the shed 107 which is like a gallery where several people exhibit. At the moment the exhibition call fundamentals. It means the return to origins of graffiti. Through this exhibition? Tilt and Graig Costello pay homage to our cities, to our walls and to this artists generation which contributes at graffiti’s birth. We, second euroclass student at jeanne d’arc have had the chance to visit and see this fabulous exhibition. We recommend it to you!


By Sabalic Mélina and Carnoy Justine

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