Wednesday, 14 May 2014

TH is for throw up

Recently I went to Les Docks  on the quai (the banks) of the Seine to see the super hero exibit of Marvel comics at the Musée de l'Art Ludique.  Don't ask me to translate it just click on the link, ok?  Unfortunately we didn't make the exhibition because tickets for that hour were sold out.  Definitely book ahead. We queued up, hoping to enter, but when a lady came out and told us there we'd have to wait at least an hour we moved on and under.

We descended the plank stairs and found an amazing gallery of urban art. 

This is a simple throw up or throwie which looks like it was painted over another work, or several.

Here are some others.  FCK happens over and over....
see the wino?

So does DERUB.

Notice the tags in red underneath, could this be the crew members who frequent the place?  Who knows.

 I like the wild style on the left but the following was the best in the "gallery".

It looks lide FCK was part of this.  The whole throw up is not shown because there was a fashion model doing a shoot to the right. 

Most of the cement pillars were painted as well.

I guess that this was done not with "bomb" (spray paints) but with acrylic applied with brushes.  LOVE was abundant and so were debutant roller bladers.

There were also some guys practicing hip hop.

Judging by the throw ups there is a specific crew of graffuer which inhabits this this place.

Monday, 12 May 2014

wikipedia's glossary of Graffiti

While researching terminology about street art for the manuscript I'm finishing I needed to know some word inherent to tagging.
Wikipedia glossary of graffiti offers an exhaustive list.

Vitry-sur Seine is on my list of places to visit

C215 is the king writer and thanks to his worldwide influence, Vitry's governors opened the city's walls to graffiti artists, thus making it known to international street artists.  Two books are published on Vitry's street art, the first sold out quickly.

Here is one of C215's comissioned murals in Paris's 13th arrondissement.

Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and Gainsbourg's tomb

Friday I went to the drawing session at the Academie de La Grande Chaumiere   on rue de la Grande Chaumiere in the 6th arrondissement, near Montparnasse.  
Above is the scene.  The dust on the atelier walls looks like it's been there for one hundred years and the stools and grimy plank  floor are speckled with paint like millefleur.  
The model, who is an actress, was fantastic. She obviously knows what she's doing.

Here is the façade, a peice of authentic Paris.
A  scene in my story White Sky of Paris happens here.   

 This is Serge Gainsbourg's tomb at the
Montparnasse Cemetery
Also part of the story. 
Look at those metro tickets.  They must have cleaned up, 
usually there are more.

Outside the cemetery on Boulevard Edgar Quinet, a tagged truck caught my eye.

It's one of the better one's I've seen around Paris.