• Avant Urbanism

    • Street artists MOMO and El Tono filled orifices from buildings in the French city of Besançon with sticks, wood and rocks. Their final result was a balanced, elegant and rustic abstract art style.

    Filling holes in urban façades with abstract art / 

    Each year the Bien Urbain Fair is celebrated in the eastern French community of Besançon, with the sole purpose of allowing changes in the art world to enrich people’s perception of their everyday and nearby surroundings: the streets. Within this context and as part of the event’s latest edition, MOMO and El Tono, two renowned street artists, joined efforts to artistically intervene within the city. The result was a clever transformation of physical spaces that are rarely perceived within urban landscapes: holes.

    Generally in the oldest parts of cities, the facades and structures of buildings tend to bare irregular orifices, perhaps even an unused window can become a part of this inventory. This artistic duo decided to draw from these spaces and assemble different sized wooden boards and forms, creating delicate images of abstract art. Their compositions have few elements, since most of their interventions rarely use three components, thus their work is exposes the most exquisite minimalist abstractions.

    The holes in city buildings serve as accidental frames, ready to be intervened as shelters for meaning. In their intervention for Bien Urbain, both artists employed pastel shades and, in sync with the holes’ inherent discretion, their figures are barely perceived.

    Through an ingenious selection of pieces, which include planks of wood with personalities of their own, and an intelligent assemblage, their pieces comprise a truly remarkable body of work, and one which is essentially ludic —it even echoes a child’s play which has been spontaneously interrupted.

    Both MOMO and El Tono, possess a recognised artistic trajectory, that has blossomed in several fortunately intervened spaces, full of multi-chromatic mural compositions, translating into joyous sporadic spectacles, transmitting joy onto onlookers. Their intervention at Bien Urbain was different however: a memorable tribute to the richness of simplicity. 

    Tagged: urban art, urbanism, street art, abstract art, public space