Monday, March 29, 2010

Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning Artist Statement

Breuning's films, especially "Home" starting Brian Herstetter, seem to represent wonderfully his approach to the rest of his art making. Playing with the difference between fantasy and falsity, Breuning mixes just enough reality to make you feel uncomfortable for laughing. Whether filming his friend's commentary on native New Guinean rituals or dressing people up in elaborate costumes (such as the 2007 piece "Band"), Breuning brings a playful sensibility to his works. Even digital/internet based projects such as the 2003 series "I Never Invite My Friends Again, They Are Wired" or the endless string of links titled "Nothing-Comes-From-Nothing", Breuning challenges the viewer to not only view his work, but especially to participate.

this needs a lot of work...avoid defining breuning's work by referencing his work (1st sentence).  think about broader artistic strategies, themes, and content and address these....

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