We will be in Paris this Week April 20th for the Opening Group exhibition of “Graffuturism Paris”. This Group show will kick off 100 days of exhibition, featuring work from the Graffuturist group including 4 solo exhibitions from Kofie, Rae Martini, Legendary Doze Green, and Pro 176. This is a huge event that will exhibit a Parisian survey of Graffuturism and its artists at Newly founded Openspace Gallery. There will be 20 artists exhibiting in the group show as shown above Poesia (US) Remi Rough (GB) Sambre (FR) Sat One (DE) Sirius 156 (FR) Sowat (FR) Swiz (FR) Tanc (FR) Thomas Canto (FR) Tomek (FR) WXYZ (FR) Clemens Behr (DE) Erosie (NL) Gilbert1 (FR) Graphic Surgery (NL) Hense (US) Jaybo Monk (FR) Lek (FR) Nawer (PL) Nelio (FR) and Pener (PL).
Graffuturism Paris will be another portion of the Journey that the artists exhibiting as well as so many more have taken. Graffuturism continues to bring together like minded artists from around the world in a cohesive movement that is not defined by any theory only acts of action and moments. With past shows in Glasgow, London, Los Angeles and now Paris we stand appreciative of all the opportunities given to the artists. Paris is an important city to the overall group as you can see in the amount of French artists in the exhibition. Paris seems to be a place for creative growth and emerging artists. Openspace has allowed us to be part of this scene with this exhibition and the others. By bringing in other artists from Poland, US, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands Openspace has allowed for dialogue and collaboration to take place during this event. 25 Artists will not only exhibit new work in the gallery but we will also do what we do best and that is leave murals and installations around Paris. Even if temporary these murals are key in the process of our art form. We hope anyone close enough to travel to Paris make the trip and see one of the shows.
April, 20 – May, 18, 2013 / group show Friday, April, 19 from 10am to 12am: press breakfast – guided tour Saturday, April, 20 from 4 pm to 8 pm: opening along with the artists + food truck Le Camion Gourmand
May, 25 – June, 06, 2013 / Augustine Kofie Saturday, May, 25 from 4 pm to 8 pm: opening along with the artist + food truck Le Camion Gourmand & California burgers
June, 8 – 20 / Rae Martini Saturday, June, 8 from 4 pm to 8 pm: opening along with the artist + italian buffet Il Cappricio June, 22 – July, 4 / Pro176
Saturday, June, 22 from 4 pm to 8 pm: opening along with the artist + italian buffet Il Cappricio July, 6 – 31 / Doze Green
Saturday, July, 6 from 4 pm to 8 pm: opening along with the artist + food truck Le Camion Gourmand & burgers & cupcakes & cheesecakes
April, 20 -July, 31 Mural performances will be realized by the invited artists in different places in Paris. Signings and events will be organized at Openspace gallery during all the cycleeach Saturdays April, 27; May, 4; May 11; May, 18.
A MOVEMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Graffuturism is the term coined by the artist Poesia, founder of the eponymous website, in order to define sensitively the work of a group of artists from the graffiti world but using different techniques and mediums. A movement that is becoming increasingly important on the international scene. Since 2010, several events have already taken place between Glasgow, London, Miami and Los Angeles. From a discovery perspective, the Openspace gallery wants to enhance the richness of this movement, by showing a selection of artists that are rarely seen (if ever) in France.
THE ARTISTIC CYCLE OF OPENSPACE
Graffuturism-Paris is the first part of several exhibition cycles to come to Openspace looking at the different major movements inherent to contemporary urban art. From a historical perspective and in an educational format, Openspace presents its first collective exhibition showing the different aspects of the movement by highlighting 20 French and international artists. Following this, four solo exhibitions will show more deeply the relationship with this movement and explore the different stylistic issues. In this perspective, the gallery Openspace publishes the catalog of the exhbition introducing this selection of artists from Graffuturism introduced by an essay by Daniel Feral.
Located in a popular and trendy area, close to Place de la Nation, Openspace is the new gallery of contemporary urban art in Paris. Founded in September 2012, this space aims to create a link between the artworks, artists and public. By inviting pioneer or rising artists of the graffiti and street art scene, the founders of Openspace, Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus – also respectively editor/founder and publication director of Graffiti Art magazine – are keen to share their discoveries and their extensive knowledge of this art form. Pro176, Tilt, Stéphane Moscato, Jana & Js, Smash 137 and Yaze are the artists represented by the gallery. Openspace has also opened its doors for events with artists such as Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rero, Katre, Btoy and the crew of VMD.