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Nocturne #2: Street Art exhibitions like a pub crawl in Nice

ART & CULTURE

Street artist Kenor

Spray paint, markers, stickers… street art is becoming more and more recognised as an art. Though the tools and ideas are very similar to graffiti, street art has a different intent. It's about publicly questioning society and provoking a reaction beyond its creation's aesthetic nature. Streets and buildings, which these artists use as canvases, separate these artists from others who use more traditional methods.
Thanks to a few contemporary galleries, this genre has a new home in the antique district of Nice. With Nocturne #2, these galleries have brought together multiple exhibitions and will host a joint vernissage on 18 Sept. It’s almost like a pub crawl – with art!

 

In their second edition of Nocturne, five contemporary art galleries, La Galerie Le Container, GCA Gallery, L’Atelier Franck Michel, Doberth Gallery and Bemon Arts, have brought together the following exhibitions with a vernissage on Friday, 18 September, from 7 pm to 10 pm. The Gallery le Container and the Atelier Franck Michel will display a group exhibition with contemporary artists. The GCA Gallery and Wallworks Gallery, on the other hand, will be presenting their exhibition titled City Dwellers, consisting of the work of street artists. Aiming to highlight the urban environment's significance in today's art, the City Dwellers will undoubtedly be a place to check out.

Street art by GilbertThe artists present at this exhibition include Gilbert, a visual artist who's participated in showcases worldwide, including Turkey and Indonesia. Influenced by his multicultural roots, he's adopted throughout the years all sorts of techniques to produce his art—freely using public urban space to his advantage. He's also known for his live performances presented at the Fondation Cartier in 2009 and the Nuit Blanche de Paris in 2012. 

In a completely different style, there is also the Spanish artist, Kenor, whose colourful artwork will also be displayed. He demonstrates a more geometric style that depicts a graphic world with his aim to represent movement and sound. His most renowned artworks are the paintings of trains in Kyiv, Ukraine, and in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Unlike many others in his field, Kenor doesn't reserve himself to street art; he has also produced sculptures and enjoys painting on canvas. 

Another exhibitor whose style is similar to Kenor in terms of its geometric nature is Kan. He spent his childhood traveling the South of France, writing his name in big letters on the streets. When he acquainted himself with computer pixels, he created a new street art form: "street pointillism." Fascinated by the aesthetics of pointillism, he brought his work beyond the streets to art galleries to be exposed to a different audience. 

Artwork by KanFinally, amongst many other known artists such as Colorz, Dize, Fenx, Momies, and Rime, there is also Nebay. His art can easily be described as inspired by New York graffiti of the 80s. Having started using the streets as his canvas since the age of 13, he's continuously evolved. In his studio, he assembles his material before creating his final product outside on the streets, where he deals with social struggles questions. His work has recently been showcased in galleries in Paris and now in Nice. 

All these artists represent the ultimate "city dwellers." They roam the streets, taking inspiration from their location and the society they host every day and translate them into their desired artwork. Whether they use walls, street lamps, mailboxes, or signposts, they choose these unordinary canvases knowing their visibility and how easily undone they can be. The exhibition which they will be attending is a chance to discover this new side of art which combines the beauty of creation and the many questions of its artists.

Find out more about this exhibition and the artists on their official website: https://www.gcagallery.fr/exhibitions/city-dwellers/  

 

 

- Charlotte Gillet