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 On April 1st, we visited the exhibition called “Fundamentals”, by Tilt and Craig Costello, two famous street artists, in Warehouse 107. Street art is an artistic contemporary movement which is performed in the street or in public places. 

We discovered the work of these graffiti artists, their methods and their inspirations. Our Warehouse 107’s guide taught us that street art is not just tagging in the street but also a  real artform.

 

The title of the exhibition “Fundamentals” was chosen to allude to the public the origins of graffiti. The artists wanted to create a link with the material and the history of this artistic movement. Craig Costello and Tilt makes simple and pure masterpieces, using minimalist techniques and creating a raw art. 

The Warehouse 107, is a center of contemporary art that opened in 2018, directed by Jean-Guillaume Panis. The goal of the center is to share a passion for the art to the public and make  international contemporary art more approachable to all, free of charge!

 TILT: 

 Tilt was born in 1973, in Toulouse where he lives and works. He is a famous street artist. Very young, he discovered the world of street art which gave him food for thought. He started to think about the liberty and the transgression of the rules which is implicate. He developed a raw and abstract style which is based on destruction, natural erasure and layers. Tilt takes out his art off their context to create a new vision of his work. He loves painting on placo and basic materials  giving to his project an anti-aesthetic aspect. Tilt is a globe-trotter, he’s very inspired by his travels which opened his mind to the international art. In the 2000’s, he is influenced by the mix of graffiti and Pop Art movement, he created masterpieces like “Norma Jeane” and he developed a new style of graffiti called “Bubble Letters”. 

  

CRAIG COSTELLO:  

Craig Costello, also known as “KR”, was born in the 80’s and grew up in the Queens, NY. He was brought up in a street art environment, which gave him the taste of painting.  In 1980’s, Craig Costello settled in San Francisco to study photography. He discovered a new vision of street art, different from New York. San Francisco is a new playground for KR, he spread his new tools (like fire extinguishers) and techniques, which allowed him to create in 1998 his own brand of ink and markers called “KRINK”. Today, Craig Costello shows an abstract and geometric which is very famous all over the world. He loves creating drips and other techniques on a lot of street object or places like walls and letter-boxes. 

 The exhibition “Fundamentals” is an interesting opening to the world of Street Art. It put a primitive and absorbing art in the spotlight. It shares with the public a passion for  street art with masterpieces from two famous street artists, Tilt and Craig Costello. They exhibit their own interpretation of the origins of the street art using different techniques and we found it  really interesting because it gave us a new vision of this art. The exhibition opened our mind to street art and its meaning, much more complex than tagging. The Warehouse 107 invites you to discover the work of these two talented artists from the March 27th to May 26th, on the left bank of Rouen, to show that Street Art is more than just tagging names in the street.

 

by Mina ALEPEE and Lou SAUNIER 

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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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Come to the gallery !

Come to the gallery

written by Charly Boissée and Esther de Montchalin


On Monday, April 1st, we had a school trip to the Warehouse 107, where students from the Euro class of Lycée Jeanne d’Arc attended an exhibition of various artworks as well as a workshop on  Street Art .

The exhibition: Fundamentals

Tilt:

He is an international figure of graffiti, from Toulouse. He self-proclaimed « fetishist graffiti » and developed his practice in the streets and on trains. His first tags, on skateboard ramps, date from 1988. His work has been enriched and reflects the influence of his many travels. His trips have allowed him to experience and make his mark on nearly 40 countries including the United States, Japan, the Philippines, Senegal, China and many countries in Europe.

Craig Costello:

A child of 1980s skateboarding, punk rock, graffiti, and hip hop, Craig Costello made his name in the street under the pseudonym KR. His minimalist lettering could be deciphered from afar, and his silvery tags are dripping with a liquid ink that he himself developed and which became a revolutionary tool for all street artists.   

     

The workshop: Balance Ta Rame

  The artist Fil launches a challenge in Rouen and on the net: tagging 100, 000 wagons to build the longest train in the world! Longer than that the one in Mauritania measuring 2.5 kilometers. The story of this project is surprising. The young graffiti artist Balt was sentenced for having tagged a tunnel of the SNCF. His father, the artist Fil, wanted to raise awareness on vandalism and bought his son a  book of trains to customize. Then he decided to expand his idea and create the longest train so that one day he could  exhibit an artwork made by thousands of people.

         

We had the opportunity to participate in the project. We were divided into two groups of 15 students. The workshop lasted one hour. First of all, they introduced the concept of the project and then a group of  volunteering artists gave us a passenger car to tag. They helped us and gave us some ideas. We could use colour pencils, posca felt pens, pastels… and a lot of magazines to cut pictures to stick on our trains.

Finally, we all gave our artwork to the artist and some of them were filmed for the Facebook page of the project work.

Our feeling:

Thanks to this visit, we learned a lot about the history of the two artists presented and also about Street Art in general. In addition, the workshop was very good but not was long enough for us.

The artists and the director of Hangar 107, Jean Guillaume Panis, were incredibly kind to all the students. The exhibition was very beautiful and the workshop was superb. The exhibition is free and the place is really pleasant because it’s on the docks, and we have a beautiful view of the Seine river. You can find more information about Hangar 107 on the website: https://www.hangar107.fr/a-propos/

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Vandalism or Art ?

By Garance and Caroline

On April 1st 2019, the Euro class of  Joan of Arc High went to the Hangar 107 to attend the exhibition “Fundamentals” and to participate in a workshop “Balance ta rame ». In the following text , we will share our experience.

At first, the class was split in two parts and we started with the workshop. Fil, Kazoo, Dhoa, Gayiel welcomed us and introduced the project “Balance ta rame”. The idea is to make the longest train with paper subway vandalized by lots of different people- students, retired, train passengers or even prisoners. The project was born when Fil’s son went to jail because he had vandalized passenger cars. Fil has already collected more than five thousand trains. Then, we started to draw, cut, glue and color paper trains.

At the workshop

Then we attended a guided tour about the origins of street art and Graffiti’s story by the director of the warehouse 107 who  told us about “Tilt”, a very famous street artist. In fact, Tilt he was born in Toulouse in 1973 and has been a  street artist for 30 years ! Tilt is famous for his own style’s creation – the Bubble Style. After this short presentation, we got to know more about Tilt’s two series of art work. The first one entitled « Layers” is a close-up of a wall where we can see its evolution in the time. The second series was composed of fragments of a BA13 wall painted, degraded, and assembled to give a new point of view. This series is called “sans titre”and is very impressive ! He also used the same technique with a concrete wall.

An artwork of the series « sans titre »

Then, our guide explained us the fabulous Craig Castello’s inventions ! He is American, and he studied art at the university. He tried to paint and express himself on walls like his fellow street artists but he wanted to go beyond mainstream street art such as air spray drawing or  stencils. That’s why he created his own tools which became more and more famous all around the World ! He invented a new mix of ink and paint to create the “Krink” which is very liquid and flows well to give a sticky effect. But he also invented new art forms, with geometrical figures using tools like extinguishers, for instance.

   kr’s artwork with Krink

We were very happy to discover this exhibition and to learn about street art. We highly recommend Warehouse  107’s exhibitions because it was a really good experience for us and the entry is free, So don’t wait!