Day 1: Olivier de Sagazan
By Sam Reeve
In case you missed the post from earlier this week, December is Weird Art Month . I might actually just shorten this to WAM, not to keep things concise but because I fucking love onomatopoeias. BAM!
WAM is all about weird, messed up art, some of which will be gross, some beautiful, all 100% awesome.
Today we have an artist whose work I fell totally in love with as soon as I laid eyes on it. Olivier de Sagazan was born in Brazzaville, Congo, but now resides in France.
Olivier is multi-talented: He paints and sculpts, but also performs very bizarre and unique pieces that have garnered a lot of well-deserved attention.
His Transfiguration performances are probably his best-known work. In Transfiguration, de Sagazan uses himself as a canvas, covering his whole head in clay, dust, paint, hair and other media. His performances are quick-paced, violent and chaotic, yet seem somehow methodical.
Not one performance is ever the same.
Let’s take a look at a couple of these infamous performances. I urge you to watch both in their entirety. You can check out his Youtube feed here for more videos.
Besides Transfiguration, Olivier de Sagazan has other styles of performance, though I’ve only been able to find extensive footage of these ones. You can check out his performance page here, but be warned it’s only in French.
Now let’s take a look at some of Olivier’s creepy sculptures.
His paintings, particularly the latest ones, are like still versions of his Transfiguration performances, but totally amazing on their own.
If you want to learn about what makes Olivier tick, I recommend watching this interview, which has optional English subtitles.