SELECTED WORKS BY Olaf Breuning
Iâm Still Scared Of The Chinese
50.8 x 35.6 x 15.2 cm
Anyone who thinks that Olaf Breuningâs Cat is a fictive creature, and perhaps a tad out of the ordinary, would change their mind after seeing Breuningâs 1999 film Woodworld, a lo-budget, hi-sci-fi extravaganza that makes Slava Tsukermanâs 1982 Liquid Sky look like a masterpiece.
In this dark forest, where ghostly lights waltz to the sounds of the Nutcracker Suite and tiny alien spacecraft flash through patches of fog belched regularly by machines (it has to be said that Breuning is brilliant at Special Defects), Cat would appear as a thoroughly ordinary forest dweller, at one with the supernatural spirits which inhabit the trees (in a related work, the trees actually grumble and complain).
C-print mounted on aluminium, laminated
122 x 157.5 cm
At home here, too, would be Breuningâs Collage Family, who have suddenly appeared, fully unformed, with their addled brains and rickety frames stuffed with broken fragments of pop culture.
Colour photograph mounted on aluminium, laminated
121.9 x 157.5 cm
For critic Travis Jeppesen, the very meaninglessness is the message: âBreuning's art reflects the shallowness and veiled lunacy of the everyday, and the ease with which it may be disrupted, if only the effort could be made.â
Text by William A Ewing