Graffiti Art Magazine #55 | April – May 2021
Street Art will make spring!
EDITORIAL #55 | April – May 2021
Again and again, we demand the reopening of places of culture, the holding of festivals and more generally to regain our freedom of movement… Street artists have neither lost their freedom of thought nor their freedom of action. Let's call for the Spring of Street Art!
Let's take advantage of this spring to immerse ourselves in one of the origins of graffiti and Street Art: the invention of the aerosol, the spark that made creation accessible and allowed artists to leave their workshops to conquer our cities, our factories and … our hearts.
Even the thousand-year-old city of Rome has succumbed to the benevolent assaults of street artists. Today, many neighborhoods are covered in urban frescoes alongside ancient or Renaissance masterpieces. Rome and the Renaissance have always been a source of inspiration for street artists. PBOY and its Underground Sistine Chapel at the gates of Paris will not say otherwise.
Street Art is also polymorphic. It invites itself everywhere, for our greatest joy, as evidenced by the interventions at the School-Museum Chappe, where Urban Art is accessible to the youngest, and within the framework of the Milmurs festival in Martinique.
Street Art carries messages and emotions about the world around us, about the flaws in our system and about our environment. In this issue, let's contemplate the poetic works of Pejac who starts “from small things to evoke big questions”; the figurative ones of Hopare, which magnify expressive, mainly female faces; the colorful ones of Toxic, who is at the same time a pioneer, passionate and historian of graffiti, those of BYC, who observes and describes the evils and trends of our societies, those of playful Jan Vormann, whose colored bricks infiltrate the cracks in the walls of our cities and those of the duo Nevercrew, which awakens our ecological conscience...
Spring will definitely be Street Art!
Flowers of Street Art
EDITORIAL #55 | April – May 2021
We are still longing today for the reopening of cultural places, festivals, and more generally, the return of our freedom of movement… But street artists have not lost their freedom of expression nor action. Let's call for a spring of Street Art!
Let spring be the occasion to go back to the origins of graffiti and Street Art, the invention of spray paint, the spark that democratized creation and allowed artists to leave their studios to conquer cities, factories and… our hearts.
Even the ancient city of Rome has succumbed to the benevolent onslaught of street artists. Many districts are now filled with murals, standing alongside the masterpieces of antiquity and the Renaissance. Rome and the Renaissance have always been a source of inspiration to street artists, something which PBOY and his Underground Sistine Chapel on the outskirts of Paris reminds us of.
But Street Art is not limited to mastery of the can of spray paint, collage, stencil or paintbrush, or to outdoor walls. With the green Street Art movement, we propose to explore alternative forms of expression (reverse graffiti, revegetation, etc.), urban art in nature and how it raises our environmental awareness.
Street Art is ubiquitous, too. To our greatest joy, it keeps gaining ground as you will see through the interventions at the Chappe museum school, where urban art is brought to schoolchildren, as well as through the Milmurs festival in Martinique.
Street Art conveys messages of hope and emotions about the world around us, about the flaws of our societies and our environment. This issue will bring you the poetic works of Pejac, who “starts with small things to ask big questions”; the figurative portraits of Hopare, who beautifies the delicate faces of his female models; the florid abstractions of Toxic, a pioneer, passionate, and historian of graffiti; the stencils of BYC, who observes and captures the evils and drifts of our society; the playful and colorful bricks growing in the cracks of our city walls of Jan Vormann; and finally, the bestiary of the Nevercrew duo, which awakens our environmental consciousness…
May spring bring Street Art!