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CARBON 12 DUBAI: OLAF BREUNING | THE GOOD OLD EVOLUTION - 13 Nov 2016 to 10 Jan 2017

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13 Nov 2016 to 10 Jan 2017

CARBON 12 DUBAI
A1 Quoz 1, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue
Warehouse D37
Dubai
P.O. Box 214437
United Arab Emirates
Middle East
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Olaf Breuning, Small Humans, 2016
Ceramic, underglaze colors and glaze fired, 10 x 44 x 17 cm.


Artists in this exhibition: Olaf Breuning


OLAF BREUNING | THE GOOD OLD EVOLUTION

Opening: Sunday 13th of November from 18:00
13th of November 2016 – 10th of January 2017 

We are delighted to announce the second one-man exhibition of the stellar artist Olaf Breuning at Carbon 12. 

There is something a little playful and a touch brut, but certainly not naïve, in the works of Swiss-born and New York-based multi-disciplinary artist Olaf Breuning. In his latest solo exhibition, Breuning continues his category-defying exploration and observation of the human experience with absurdist drawings serving as the starting point alongside a new series of miniature ceramic sculptures. The Good Old Evolution is the chance for viewers to bear witness to his endlessly buzzing mind reverberating outwards to form an abundance of works that indicate there is no fatigue here, rather, only a hunger for more. But what demarcates this body of work is the viewer’s confrontation with his tactile process - they can see and feel Breuning’s hands within the ironic verbal play of his monochromatic line drawings or in the molds of three blue whales and a pile of Breton-stripe clad figures. Despite stylistic innocence - “I like that: Simple” he remarks - there is something delightfully cheeky in the layers of context, reference and interpretation with which he engages.

The tone of any Breuning work is that of lightness, organic creation and spontaneity, which stems clearly and directly from being both an active and passive player in day-to-day life. He addresses cultural and political issues and infuses his art with the realness of a world dominated by media, pop-culture and globalization, and this subtle amalgamation of freshness, relevance and hand- made imperfection grounds Breuning’s Dada-ist commentary. Neither kitsch or pop, or even as simple as “simple”, this is an artist who has created a visual language based on the continuously evolving present – it is our reality and he is, after all, an observer. It is as simple as that.

– Katrina Kufer, October 2016


Olaf Breuning
b. 1970, Schaffhausen Switzerland. Lives and works in New York, USA
Olaf Breuning studied photography at the Zuercher Hochschule der Kuenste and Winterthur (CH). Breuning’s artworks, in whichever of the plethora of media it emerges in, deals with the “big questions in life” through a language that merges mass-culture and art manifesting a body of ephemeral works made permanent via artistic documentation constituting of humorous art without ridiculing art. Breuning has had over 320 exhibitions worldwide, his works are exhibited in the most important galleries and art fairs worldwide, and has many public installations and permanent public sculptures in various locations in North America and Europe, proving a fixture in the contemporary arts and culture. Breuning had his first retrospective in Spring 2016 at the NRW Forum, Duesseldorf accompanied by a monograph.










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