The « City Dweller » is the townsman, the one who articulates his life and space around the urban environment that surrounds him.
The graffiti artist is the supreme City Dweller, the one who best succeed in taking over the place of passage and life we call the street and transform it to an interchangeable and malleable canvas depending on his desires.
For that, he uses everything that the street has to offer to him: street lamp, road signs, walls, mailbox… An open-air gallery made and undone for the eyes of a population that’s always on the move.
The street becomes the heart in which he draws all of his energy, and retranscribes it in canvases, sculptures, or creation which makes him pass from the « street artist » to the artist himself, democratizing an art neglected for too long.
In return, the graffiti artist gives splendor to the street by offering to all the other City Dwellers a message that unites them around the beauty of creation, but also makes them question about the society he lives in.
It’s this reciprocal relationship between the street and the graffiti artist that the City Dwellers, an exhibition born from the collaboration between GCA Gallery NICE and the Wallworks gallery wants to highlight through urban furnitures, but also canvases that witnesses the importance of the urban environment on today’s art, inside and outside the gallery.