Olaf Breuning. Home

Swiss artist Olaf Breuning’s videos revel hilariously in adolescent antics and pop culture. In a recent work, Wayne’s World types don masks, eat dog food, and throw m&m’s at pets, and in another segment, a gang invades Amish country, strips a passerby, pulls a mask over his head, and chases him into the woods. Like Mike Kelley before him, Breuning seeks not just to erase the line between our media-saturated world of film and television and high art, but to blow it to smithereens. That doesn’t mean he isn’t thoughtful and thought provoking: Inventive composition and technical mastery inform all his pieces, whether videos or large-format photographs. Inspired by Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney’s early work, and filmmakers such as John Carpenter and John Waters, Breuning has learned both how to get a laugh (and a scream) and to plumb the deeper human comedy (and horror).

Text: Breuning Olaf , Dazord Cécile . cm 24×29; pp. 160; COL; paperback. Publisher: JRP Ringier, Zürich, 2005.

ISBN: 9782940271399 | 2940271399

ID: AM-9658

Product Description

Swiss artist Olaf Breuning’s videos revel hilariously in adolescent antics and pop culture. In a recent work, Wayne’s World types don masks, eat dog food, and throw m&m’s at pets, and in another segment, a gang invades Amish country, strips a passerby, pulls a mask over his head, and chases him into the woods. Like Mike Kelley before him, Breuning seeks not just to erase the line between our media-saturated world of film and television and high art, but to blow it to smithereens. That doesn’t mean he isn’t thoughtful and thought provoking: Inventive composition and technical mastery inform all his pieces, whether videos or large-format photographs. Inspired by Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney’s early work, and filmmakers such as John Carpenter and John Waters, Breuning has learned both how to get a laugh (and a scream) and to plumb the deeper human comedy (and horror).

×