French artist Bertrand Lavier (b. 1949 in Châtillon-sur-Seine, France) started his artistic career in the early 1970s while finishing his studies in horticulture. He lives and works between Paris and Burgundy. His oeuvre can be understood in relation to his contemporaries of Conceptual Art, but never without a humorous undertone.
Lavier questions visual habits by extracting carefully selected elements of our banal everyday life, pop culture or art history. Covered in paint, put on a pedestal or combined one with the other, traffic signs, refrigerators, pianos, cars or other objects familiar to us are isolated from their usual context, deprived of their function and converted into an artwork.