This is the third time I’ve shot Swiss-born artist, OLAF BREUNING– he was part of the first WHERE THEY CREATE book and, over the years, has become a friend. We are both up-staters, he’s about 30 mins away from me in Kerhonkson, New York. Olaf has a twisted sense of humor and a keen sense of play which comes through in all of his work. He is a multimedia artist working primarily in sculpture, drawing, installation and photography. His work draws heavily from popular culture and a collective visual iconography. It was great to see the big kid and small kid come together in the playground that is Olaf’s studio.
Breuning was the subject of a major retrospective in 2016, featuring works from 1998-2016, at NRW-Forum called “The Madness We Call Reality,” in Dusseldorf, Germany, and he has had many one-person exhibitions in prestigious museums and galleries around the globe, including Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the Paul Klee Museum in Bern. In the US, he is represented by Metro Gallery Pictures in New York and Michael Benevento in Los Angeles.
(I made an appearance in his 2017 exhibition “Posters,” in Zurich, Switzerland, looking glamorous in a trash-bag!)