Olaf Breuning (1970, Schaffhausen). Lives and works in New York.Read More
After studying photography at Zuercher Hochschule der Kuenste (Zürich), Olaf Breuning stated working in multiple media. Artist creates videos, sculptures, drawings, and installations that investigate kitsch, appropriation, cliché and popular culture, and hint at a collective visual iconography.
Breuning's works are comprised of bright colours and are influenced by a number of diverse and eclectic sources. His work humorously reflects his observation of human behavior together with cultural and political concerns. In 'The Art Freaks', a series of 2011 colour photographs, Breuning painted nude models' bodies to evoke the signature styles of influential 20th-century artists like Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock and On Kawara, questioning our relationship to supposed 'masterpieces', as well as our mediated experience of them through reproductions.
Artist has participated in various prestigious public projects, including City Hall Park exhibition Lightness of Being (2013), Happening of Station to station (2013), Miami Art Basel (2013). His Central Park installation Clouds (2014), gave a highlight of colour to the park, with its bright-blue aluminium clouds, held 35 feet above the ground.
'Well, I would like to be perfect, but I think art shows me that whatever technology I use, my personality pushes through and there we are... something is not perfect. I like that. We are finally human.'
Text courtesy Gary Tatintsian Gallery.
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