I never forget those who do me a favor, and I never forget those who don’t!
If there’s one thing I’ve always taken care of with my work, it’s that it’s never an advertisement for anything other than the work itself and for the people it’s about – no ‘Coca-Cola presents.’
I should never impose an image forever. I like how ephemeral it can be.
Nobody gives you power. Real power is something you take.
Even when I do really big pieces, I do them strips by strips – so you have to paste, you have to involve people. It’s a whole process. And I like that. For me, that’s where the artwork is.
Art is not meant to change the world, but when you see people interacting, when you see an impact on their lives, then I guess in a smaller way, this is changing the world. So, that’s what I believe in. That’s why I’m into creating more and more interactions.
Art isn’t supposed to change the world, but it can.
The real art is in the street, is making the artwork, and for that you have to involve people. The action is actually the artwork.
If you give me Times Square, I want to give it back to the people.
An artist should be taking risks. That’s the whole idea of being an artist.
When you’re in New York, people don’t say, ‘We’re happy you came to New York.’ In D.C., people thank you for coming here and bringing art here.
Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.
I’m waiting for the king to arrive
A really important point for me is that I don’t use any brand or corporate sponsors. So I have no responsibility to anyone but myself and the subjects.
With humour, there is life.
Most of the time, people look at a piece of art online when it is just a few blocks from their house. Changing the way you walk home everyday fills life with surprises.
The world is littered with the bodies of people that tried to stick it to ole J.R. Ewing!
The city’s the best gallery I could imagine. I would never have to make a book and then present it to a gallery and let them decide if my work was nice enough to show it to people. I would control it directly with the public in the streets.
I’ve always been so surprised by how people interpret my photos in context.
Revenge is the single most satisfying feeling in the world!
What we see changes who we are.
Like my daddy always said, where there’s a way, there’s a will.
The key to long term success in the marketplace is to build relationships & acquire leadership skills that can build great teams.
When I was little, I didn’t really travel – from the suburbs to Paris was already a journey. I had a foreigner’s eye on the city, and I still enjoy that point of view. Then there’s the fact that one of the things that touches me most is injustice.
The fact that I stay anonymous means I can exhibit wherever I want. No one knows my name, so it’s easy for me to travel.
When your holding a double barrel shotgun use both barrels.
Anything worth having is worth going for- all the way.
Can art change the world? Maybe… we should change the question: Can art change people’s lives?
I want to create the largest-ever participatory art project and highlight the concept of Shadow Philanthropy, where people help others create work without taking credit for it – through this we can really change the world.
Do you know what it takes to do [a global art project]? People, energy, glue.
For me, the gallery legitimates the art production and helps build collections. I don’t think an artist should do everything by himself forever. I did it for years and then slowly built my circle of trust.
My parents were born abroad. I was born in France, but I feel comfortable everywhere – I don’t see the borders.
I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world inside out. And this starts right now.