For its 7th exhibition of the year 2017, the gallery SLIKA invited the festival Bien Urbain and its artists for an exhibition in resonance with the 2017 edition of the festival. One could find there an explosive installation of OX, photographs of the anti-pub interventions of Jordan Seiler or the Swedish artist Ekta, present at the opening of the exhibition on May 31, took the opportunity to create a mural within the gallery.
Bien Urbain 7
1 month : From 20th may to 17th June 2017
Place : mobile
Associate artist : OX (FR)
13 guest artists : Alias Ipin (FR), Bla+ (FR), Ekta (SWE), Ericailcane (IT), ESPO Stephen Powers (US), Sasha Kurmaz (UA), Jordan Seiler (US), Diana Sirianni (IT), Cie Spina (IT), LN Surfil (FR), OX (FR), Olivier Toulemonde (FR), The Wa (FR)
Ekta is a tireless touch all, who wants to get used to office schedules and routine during his journey in Besançon. His impulsive painting, always in research and in danger, but also his vision of the street or a neighborhood, led him to collaborate with craftsmen and amateurs, to realize installations or to paint small walls.
The term artivist could have been invented for him : from New York, this anti-ad activist develops a radical graphic practice, creates tools to counter physical or digital advertising, animates international and local networks and advocates public spaces free of commercial imaging.
Since the eighties, OX succeeds in diverting the codes and supports of advertising imagery (which inspires him too), with a contextual work which sharpens our gaze and continues to surprise us. His work around abstract forms embraces so much the close environment that it sometimes evokes narratives, comic situations or highlights small or large urban aberrations.