OX – URBAN INTERVENTIONS
OX was born in Troyes in 1963, and lives and works in Bagnolet (Paris).
In 1984 he founded the artist group Les Frères Ripoulin, which attracted attention by pasting up their paintings on advertising billboards. Popular imagery and the media inspired OX’s work at that time, and New York gallerist Tony Shafrazi exhibited their work in January 1985.After 2 years of wild pastings and exhibitions the crew split, with OX then devoting himself to painting on canvas.In 1993 he began pasting up works on paper in the street, while continuing to exhibit in galleries.By the dawn of 2000, his work in urban areas had grown to become his preferred way of expression. Initial displays were primarily intended to show his painting to the greatest extent, but over time the urban space has become increasingly important in dictating graphical choices.After a variable exposure time in the street, the posters are destroyed by takeover.The staging photo shows the moment when the piece creates tension with its environment.OX’s recent ephemeral interventions in public space are minimalist and mimetic compositions, using commercial imagery in an ironic way, and his current work stems from the notion of aesthetic shock.