The French artist OakOak lands in Montana Gallery Barcelona with “Out of the Frame”, his first exhibition in Spain. OakOak is known worldwide for its ingenious interventions that began on the streets of his hometown, Saint Etienne. Streets, curbs, walls, fire hydrants and all the street furniture is transformed under your gaze.
OakOak has not studied art, art came to him. After working for years in the urban planning sector, one day, back in 2006, he came up with the idea of painting three fire hydrants and transforming them into characters. The result was so good that he gave continuity to these actions, finally leaving his work and dedicating himself completely to art and urban interventions. Today his work has spread internationally, becoming an essential artist in the urban art scene.
A lover of pop culture, of cartoons and above all of the Simpsons, the artist uses well-known characters to give them life in the streets, using urban furniture and an unparalleled imagination. A crack becomes Spiderman’s vine, a brick comes to life, pedestrian steps fall in love … It’s all about knowing how to observe and discover in order to surprise the viewer.
In this exhibition, OakOak brings these interventions to the interior of the gallery without losing the touch of humor that characterizes it. We will see paint palettes, spray cans and other objects that become characters that interact with each other.
Another “interior” resource of the artist is the hand-finished prints in which he portrays some of his ephemeral interventions abroad. Transform the world and make us think and smile, this is the goal of OakOak.