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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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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


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:

Thank you!



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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!