Since the beginning of March, the Rennes WALL welcomes the creation of the Rennes graffiti artist Moore, pioneer of street art in Rennes. In the space of a few days, the performance rue Vasselot revealed the artist’s graphic talent. Unidivers met him for the occasion. From his first graffiti in an abandoned warehouse at the MUR in Rennes, how Mourad became the graffiti artist Moore ? Artistic and urban diving from the end of the 80s to today.
Over the months, multiple artists from different backgrounds – international, national and local – have dressed the Rennes WALL since its creation. After the work all in collages of 13bis, the graffiti artist from Rennes Moore offers a sparkling creation of color and an ounce of hope for the cultural community. You certainly know him, his name has been spreading throughout the city for years.
The tags, « the basis of the graffiti »
L’urban art, or street-art, really begins to flourish in France from May 68. ” Already in 1992, I had made a lettering with the inscription “street-art” for fun. It is also found in the books known to all the graffiti artists Subway Art of Martha Cooper and Spray Kanart (25.42) »
Exchange with Moore, Mourad of his real (pre) name, on his history it is to plunge back into Rennes of the beginning of the 90s and the evolution of street-art. Native of Dinan, but having grown up in Rennes, his years in high school, arts-plastic option, introduced him to the history of art, but no technique was really dispensed. ” I regret a little that we are thrown into the water without really learning something at the graphic levele ”, he begins. He entered the world of graffiti through the tag door, ” letters are the basis ». « A friend had Parisian cousins with whom he spent the holidays. One day he asked us if we knew what a tag was. »A question that perhaps seems ridiculous today with the institutionalization of street-art at the beginning of the 20th century, but we are in 1989.
Moore finds particular interest in the lettering and calligraphy of the tag. ” When I started, the goal was to find his name and write it everywhere in an original and aesthetic way. The trend was to develop your style and stand out from the crowd. »Mourad then becomes Moore:« My name is Mourad so Moore, it’s not very original », He amuses himself to say.
Listening to him speak, we quickly understand that this story is written in close connection with his passion for drawing. This word will come up over and over again in the discussion, and with enthusiasm. It is important to him and what motivates him. ” I have always drawn even if, at the beginning, there was not a direct relationship with the graffiti ».
After marking “ school tables, walls and hallways », Moore attacks the city walls. Some are on mission all day, a marker or bombs at hand, ready to draw, “You had to put it everywhere », But that’s not what really interests the future graffiti artist. He follows the movement and “places” one or two tags depending on the location. ” Finding my style was really what kicked me, having fun writing letters that I liked and were out of the ordinary. He vaguely remembers his first striking graffiti, in a former abandoned Ouest-France warehouse. ” At the time, we weren’t sure of ourselves. I had traced the letters and we had filled in with a friend… I must have made the outlines, but I don’t really remember. »
« Some said that graffiti brought together both night creation, in vandal fashion, as well as that in the field, that is to say painting in spaces, vacant lots, more or less tolerated. Others claimed on the contrary this vandal side and considered that without it, you were not a graffiti artist. »
The art of Moore begins at a time when the illegality of the practice is not brought to the fore. This feature comes later, ” when there was the fashion where everyone had to be mean. We had to claim the fact that we shouldn’t laugh with us “, He emphasizes with humor. But the Rennes artist is closer to the movement of the beginning of hip hop, who arrived in France in the early 1980s. He follows artists like UNITY
He also admits to quickly feeling frustrated, “ I didn’t think I was good enough compared to my friends ». In constant search of his own style, he discovers giant frescoes with characters, sets and lettering worked in the magazines he reads, which paves the way for his own style.
« The bomb is the soul of the graffiti »
His practice evolves at the same time as the graffiti material, not as sophisticated, “We took what we found as bombs », Mainly spray paint for cars. ” The diffuser wasn’t holding anything back and the features were huge He recalls. ” The paint was very runny so it did flow a lot and did not cover as much as the paint marks used today. It was dirty. But it was enough to please them. Then at this time, ” you had to spray paint otherwise you weren’t a graffiti artist. Then we started to use rollers and big paint cans to write bigger and faster. We also used to fill the insides of the letters with a roller, but that amuses me less. »
From the 2000s, the scene widens and different techniques appear such as collage, “ some also border on sculpture, such as Space Invaders, an artist reproduces the game’s aliens in mosaic tiles and sticks them all over France, even around the world. It was during this period that the street-art arrived and took the monopoly », The limit then becomes even more blurred. Even today, Moore does not see himself as a graffiti artist, more as an aerosol painter. ” The graffiti artist is an activist, who comes out and goes to paint at night. »
Moore’s Graff: « Lettering and drawing. »
« At the beginning we are inspired, even we outright copy the others. We find our marks as we go, if only with the tool, very important in my opinion in the discovery of his style. »From its beginnings, Moore looking for original letters in order to stand out from the crowd ” so as not to create a typography that we found on other walls or in other graffiti artists. »
If he had to define his style today, Moore would speak of balance between the complicated and the simple, and of lively colors that he would sometimes like to nuance in order to be closer to the illustration. But artistic creation is a question of periods, desires and moments. Whatever happens, the artist endeavors to mix lettering and drawing. ” I liked to move forward without having preferences for one or the other. »It therefore represents at least a character, an animal or a car. Instead of an O, for example, it can easily materialize a head without hindering reading. This touch of humor ” talk more to passers-by who are not familiar with graffiti And can change the way you look.
But his inspirations are multiple. His robotic creations emerge, for example, from the world of science fiction and this is no coincidence. His first readings are none other than Metal Hurlant and the Moebius comics. However, he does not specialize in this topic. ” I have had lettering ideas in my head for years, but I haven’t realized them yet because I haven’t taken the time or found the right surface. », Like his work on Rennes WALL, « out of the depths of my brain ».
Graffiti, a ” weapon of mass creation »
On this large surface, right in the center, Moore wanted to give the best of himself and express himself on a subject he had wanted to deal with for a long time. His latest creation resonates with what is happening now, an idea he had in mind long before the confinement and which materializes on the Rennes WALL.
Paint cans as ammunition bring a humorous side to it, a comic that Moore is particularly fond of. A war machine, but creative, in order to highlight the graffiti, because it is what animates and impassions him. The street-art is currently one of the only artistic practices not to be hampered by the current situation. After all, how do you prevent graffiti artists from expressing themselves in public space?
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