The artists share an urban activism. The main difference with traditional graffiti is that artists don’t use always letters (as in American writing) and the spray can. The purposes are divers: show a name like a writer, or an image in the case of street art.
The aim of this project is to push the boundaries of street art to eventually be integrated into contextual art. The artist works directly on the ground of “reality” bringing his world to it. The artistic expression will even be exposed in the heart of the city directly touching the public.
Paul Ardenne (author of “A contextual art”) expresses it very well. Art has accustomed us to giving itself away in a canvas format, confined in smalls and closed spaces. Nowadays it releases itself from its chains, plays directly with the surroundings, appropriates them, draws its essence, and is inspired by them and represents them differently.
Art urges us to look in specific places, enclosed by high symbolic barriers such as museums or galleries. As Dennis Oppenheim said (an American contemporary artist), one of the main functions of artistic commitment is to push the boundaries of what can be done and to show others that art is not only the manufacturing of objects to be placed in confined spaces. There can be a valuable artistic relation to explore with what is outside the galleries.