«Entrée dans le tableau» by Oblique

Oblique Interview about his project «Entrée dans le tableau»
09-11-2021

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Entrée dans le tableau

Location : Montauban

Year : 2020

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

I chose to present my installation for the Mister Freeze festival in Montauban. For me it is a work in 3 dimensions of the artwork, it is no longer just a wall covering but a work in volume.

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

As I said previously, it’s part of a street art festival, it’s a job where I was paid and which is therefore legal. I made this installation because I wanted to get out of the flat wall, I wanted people to be able to enter my work and walk between my forms.

Oblique – «Entrée dans le tableau» @oblique.31 https://www.instagram.com/oblique.31/

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

This mobil in anamorphosis is a desire to give volume, to get out of the wall to bring the public into my work and for everyone to make it their own. It is not particularly related to the place where I made it and it could take place in many other places.

Oblique – «Entrée dans le tableau» @oblique.31 https://www.instagram.com/oblique.31/

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

My installation was not in the urban space strictly speaking but in a gallery set up for the occasion with other talented artists. There have been strong interactions and positive feedback from the public with my work.

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

It doesn’t seem necessary to me to involve the inhabitants in the realization of a work. However, it can be interesting to hear their point of view in the creation process, so that the artwork is best perceived and adopted by the inhabitants.

Oblique – «Entrée dans le tableau» @oblique.31 https://www.instagram.com/oblique.31/

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

There is no specific criterion for my work but a general criteria for all: the fact of appropriating a wall to modify it, paint it, destroy it … with the effect of modifying the urban space. The judgment of the beautiful and the well done is also very subjective, what seems beautiful for one can seem awful for the other!

Oblique – «Entrée dans le tableau» @oblique.31 https://www.instagram.com/oblique.31/

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

Toute oeuvre artistique doit être traitée avec égard à la personne qui l’a réalisée. Mais dans la rue il y a forcément une durée de vie du fait de la météo, du développement… C’est la vie de l’oeuvre dans son environnement.

Oblique – «Entrée dans le tableau» @oblique.31 https://www.instagram.com/oblique.31/

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

In my eyes, any artistic work brings added value to the urban space, a wall or even a train. It’s just a matter of point of view!

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

Apart from the technical difficulties linked to the creation of a work (height, painting technique …), I think that the first difficulty remains the perception of politicians and the public for the creation of works in urban space, not to mention the place which may be illegal. It takes a certain openness and education for that.

Oblique – «Entrée dans le tableau» @oblique.31 https://www.instagram.com/oblique.31/

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

Precisely, urban art helps to open the mind of the public, to bring color and joy to the gray concrete of cities and allows to cut to the ambient monotmia. This helps to whet the appetite for art in general for the public. In the future, I would like to create installations in the street and take it out of the galleries, in order to give it a different scope and visibility.

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

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