Olaf Breuning - One Brain

Olaf Breuning’s work ranges from photographs to installations to, most recently, film. Glanced at quickly, his art is colorful and quirky, but upon closer examination a devastatingly nuanced cultural commentary is revealed. Humor is often his primary lens to view the world, and this tendency dovetails with the costumes, wigs, and body paint that turn his subjects into works of art themselves. Home 3, the most recent film by Breuning, has it all. Brian Kerstetter, the film’s main character, embodies the quintessentially clueless and uninformed spectator in present-day New York City. In the end, the film not only serves as an astute observation of current consumer culture, but also as a document of early twenty-first-century New York. The Avant/Garde Diariesrecently traveled to Olaf Breuning’s getaway house in upstate New York where the artist finds time to breath fresh mountain air and take a load off from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary art world.

Produced by Callie Barlow / Creative Direction by Gordon Harrison Hull / Filming & Photos by Fridolin Schoepper / Interview by Kitty Bolhoefer / Sound by Alexander Hankoff / Editing by Konterfei / Music by Walter Jones