« MAIN STREET » collective exhibition reopens in Rouen (Centre d’Art Hangar 107) after its first edition that took place in Rabat (Morocco) at the Mohammed VI Museum.
“MAIN STREET” aims to show the public the latest evolutions of Contemporary artists who come from a Graffiti background. BELIN, FRANCO FASOLI and LEK have a common mother tongue, Graffiti, but they all pursued a radical evolution in their respective works, experimenting with different supports and techniques, breaking the codes and exploring the infinite possibilities their primal graffiti background offered them. Consequently, a few years later, the three artists offer to the public very different works, each one in a singular style, from abstraction to figurative, using diversified techniques, from spray to collage and even tape.
3 artists, 3 talents, 3 destinies that started in an underground, illegal and despised movement: Graffiti. Now called Urban Art (expression used to unite graffiti with the street art scene), this movement has gained these past 15 years in public, institutional and professional recognition. Artworks are massively sold in auction sales, Art Galleries display more and more artist, and countless exhibition take place every year around the world. Urban Art has become the most popular, globalized and massive movement in the 21st century Contemporary Art history.
BELIN, the Andalusian. Leader of the Post Neo Cubism movement, outstanding muralist, renowned for his mastery in hyperrealistic techniques, works with spray for his monumental walls. But for his canvases, he mastered the use of oil and acrylic technics. Truly gifted with objective reality painting, the artists falls for a subjective approach, breaking proportions which he masters.
Keeping with his past works, you can still find in Belin’s work flashy colors and textures mash up. Belin deftly mixes those effects with lines that infuses movement.
The artist also keeps on working his hyperrealistic skills that shaped his identity and confer a unique personality to his art.
Franco Fasoli Also known as JAZ, took some distance with his initial graffiti style, drawing inspiration from his scenography skills. His ambition explores this new direction this past years brought him towards bigger and complex works. He uses new materials like bituminous paint, essence, coal, paper and lime. His unique style is inspired by socio-political issues but also images from his youth. You can found throughout his work the notion of “struggle”, typical in the Argentinian culture and art history.
LEK, the elder, grew up in Paris’s 19th district when graffiti started to expand. In 1980, practicing in the legendary Stalingrad spot, LEK developed his graphical style, mixing graffiti and his architectural knowledge, with influences form the Bauhaus, abstractionism and futurism. Working mainly in abandoned industrial areas, LEK’s rigid compositions adapts itself to it’s environmental constraints. His lettering fragments add dynamic to unanimated structures, revealing them and bringing knew perspectives to does chaotic spaces.
LEK coedited “Nothing but letters” with YKO, who’s pictorials experimentations have influenced many. LEK exhibited his work at the Grand Palais (PARIS) in 2006 and with his long time accomplice and artist SOWAT, he produced the famous and monumental clandestine exhibition called “Mausolée”, which was revealed to the public in 2012 in a book and a film. This project led them to the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris. In 2015, LEK and SOWAT are the first artists with a graffiti background to be invited as residents in the internationally renowned institution that is the Villa Medicis (ROME).
HANGAR 107 // 107 Allée François Mitterrand // 76100 Rouen, France