Locws International are very pleased to announce artist, Olaf Breuning has been added to the line up of artists for Art Across The City 2013, alongside artists Pete Fowler and Sinta Tantra. Breuning travels extensively, with his expeditions often informing in his work. Breuning’s photographs, installations, sculptures, films and drawings are irreverent, tragically heroic and funny. His views of ‘Google Culture’ submerge the viewer with a relentless deluge of references, clues and frustrating dead ends.
For Art Across The City 2013, Breuning will exhibit two monumental black sculptures which appear to be a take on modernist public art. However, the sculptures are Breuning’s initials on a grand scale, a giant O and B. Sat atop these sculptures are two simple, perhaps too simple answers – YES? / NO?
Breuning was sent a selection of drawings from Locws International’s Swansea Icons schools workshop programme. Using these as inspiration (and vice versa), Breuning’s own drawings on the sculptures are aloof, being both nonsensical and enigmatic about consumerism, communication and the modern world we live in.
Situated in Castle Square, Swansea, the work acts as both a meeting place, a point of discussion and a gateway to the High Street and City Centre.
Breuning was born in Switzerland and now lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kodama Gallery, Kyoto; Nicola von Senger Gallery, Zürich; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include CAA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; 54th Venice Biennale, Venice; Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, AT.
His work is included in many public and private collections including AROS, Aarhus; Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG, Zürich; Collection Rignier, Zurich; Collection Zellweger-Luwa, Uster; Collection Schweizer Rück, Zürich; FRAC Bourgogne; FONDS NATIONAL D’ART CONTEMPORAIN; Kunsthalle Hamburg, UBS Collection; Saatchi Collection, London, UK
He is represented by Metro Pictures, New York.