OLAF BREUNING: HOME
As a master of the constructed scenario, Breuning has drawn liberally from advertising, movies, television and music videos in his cross disciplinary work. His videos, photographs and installations have cultivated bizarre intersections of reality and fantasy in which pop culture’s interlocking clichés are amplified and exploded.
This exhibition included one of Breuning’s perhaps most well-known video works entitled ‘Home’, along with a selection of photographs. As with Breuning’s previous works, this exhibition dished up a fantasy world of glam-trash quotations in an archive of alternative realities. His work appeared equally enamoured with heavy metal and counter-culture, historical romance and serial killer splatter, as well as the courtly and the bogan. Breuning’s twisted use of these skewed stereotypes provoked irrestible, contrasting feelings of discomfort and fascination, repulsion and seduction, along with a heavy dose of embarrassment and intrigue.
This exhibition was a joint production between Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). It received funding from Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Consulate in Australia. In association with ACP, Sydney and IMA, Brisbane.