Sunday, June 14, 2009

Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning is one of contemporary art's most varied and prolific artists. Utilizing a variety of different media, such as photography, installation, drawing, sculpture, film and video, he has constructed an aesthetic vernacular that draws much of its inspiration from mass-produced popular culture. Breuning skillfully recontextualizes everyday objects and infuses them with both irony and absurdism.

Breuning's work revitalizes many of the commentaries put forth by Pop artists of the 1950's and 60's. His work particularly recalls Claes Oldenburg's iconic sculptures. Both artists' work walks the fine line between the playful and grotesque, or, maybe more specifically, between the authentic and hyperbolic.

You can watch a fascinating video in which Breuning discusses his work here.

From Top To Bottom:

Sculpture, Metro Show, 2008

Smoke Bombs, 2008

Coffins, 2004

The Army, 2008

Horsfarm, 2004

All Work © Olaf Breuning