WHAT HE SEES IS WHAT YOU GET // 28th January 2013
Remember the thing with clouds that look like an elephant or an ice-cream in the sky? It seems French street artist OakOak has the same power of abstraction when he takes a walk in his native city of St Etienne. He looks at street objects, signs and other fixtures and then turned them into humorous street art.
Pop culture references, cartoon or video games, there’s all that in his work. Untrained in painting or fine art of any kind, he uses stencils, paint, and occasionally adhesive superheros to make something new and different with simple cracks in the ground or crumbling building facades.
“I like this city, her atmosphere” OakOak says of Saint Etienne “and I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it’s in regeneration and still quite poor. But it’s easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realise them.”