5.20.2010

                   
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Olivier Kosta-Théfaine (Stak) Fires Up Some Cool Ceiling Art





Artist Olivier Kosta-Théfaine (aka Olivier Stak) of France has an unusual way to add decor to the ceiling. And all it takes is a lighter, a ladder and a load of talent.




The following images of Olivier's burnt ceiling art are from various gallery installations as well as private homes:








About the artist (his bio from his site):
Born in 1972, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine lives and works in Paris, France. In each of his interventions, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine plays with the codes and clichés of popular culture. He uses the languages and codes of the city and its suburbs, changing or modifying their original meaning so it can be understood by a broader public. His reflection is essentially based in rehabilitating the, often deconsidered, elements that belong to the city. His fascination for the suburbs has switched to a passion that is essential to his everyday work. The city is his muse, the drive for his artistic inspiration. He tries to decipher a discredited world through simple and ironic little mechanisms which he then transposes into galleries. By introducing the language of popular culture into the white cube, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine uses the suburb’s many clichés, plays with the truth and distorts the elements of pop culture. Olivier Kosta-Théfaine makes fun of himself ... While others wear a tie and work on improving their table manners, he’s proud of being “38% chav” and claims it loud and clear. His work is more ironic than fundamentally serious. He asserts his pride of belonging to the concrete universe of suburbs, on the edge between glam and pop.

See his website and more work of his here.

Below is a video of an interview with the artist filmed at the Alice Gallery, Brussels.



You can read an interview with the artist and see some of his earlier works here.
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