Alif – Nail H.350 cm YAZID OULAB'valu
- Dimensions : 350 cm
- Year : 2012
- Material : Polished stainless steel
- Editions : Edition of 8 + 4 AP
Head diameter : 48 cm
The abundant use of nails in Oulab’s works often catches people’s eyes. A nail is a fundamental element for architecture, a perfect symbol of alliance. Oulab has formed it by different mediums such as clay, chalk, crystal, charcoal, precious metal – gold for example - and wood. The inspiration comes also from the cuneiform writing. In the Arabian culture, the first letter “Alif” have a very similar shape of a nail, thus for Oulab, all modern art seems to be hung on a nail.
Yazid Oulab is a multi-facetted artist and a man with an old soul. His practice seems to be informed by centuries of rich and diverse civilizations. He is an interpreter and a messenger capable of analyzing and translating into simplified objects millennia of cultural, social and spiritual history.
He is a craftsman who is in love with the gesture, a fascinated and fascinating poet for whom the gaze generates meaning, a tireless witness and a potentially omniscient one. Yazid Oulab is the accomplished artist, a man who, far from the excesses of today’s society, would always be ready to sacrifice his newly gained fame to art .
His works – objects, installations, sculptures and videos – represent tools of expression and communication that encourage us to consider the plurality of our times and measure the historical influence of all things. Yazid Oulab is much more than an artist, he is a story-teller. He is a guide and a philosopher and he helps us discover or rediscover the origins of writing, numbers, spirituality, religions or Nations. Yazid Oulab is an artist or a frontier who creates connections, as the nail does; the nail is a recurrent element in his work
2013 Âlif-Clou H.350cm, Yazid Oulab Solo Show, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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