The Power Plant

Olaf Breuning: Good News Bad News

Olaf Breuning

Past Exhibition

May 01 – Sep 12 2010

Olaf Breuning: Good News Bad News 1 May - 12 September, 2010 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As part of the 2010 CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, we co-present Good News Bad News (2008), a mural by the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning installed on the south facade of The Power Plant. Shot in Trento, Italy, Breuning’s multifaceted tableau vivant depicts a crowd of people whose bodies and faces are completely covered by newspaper, as if shielding themselves. The piece reflects how the ubiquitous flow of press coverage, news and gossip impacts upon personal and collective identity.

Olaf Breuning (born in Schaffhausen, 1970) employs everyday objects to create drawings, sculptures, films, installations, and photographs inspired by media, mass culture and the Internet. Breuning’s work has been exhibited internationally including in solo exhibitions at MAGASIN – Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble (2003), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2005), migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2007), and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2007). Breuning lives in New York, where he is represented by Metro Pictures.

Good News Bad News is part of a series of public installations of photography in CONTACT 2010: Pervasive Influence that utilize the codes of advertising, the language of consumerism, the stylization of marketing campaigns, and the force of propaganda within the urban landscape. CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual month-long festival in May and newly initiated year-round gallery programming.

Olaf Breuning will also be participating in The Power Plant’s summer exhibition, Adaptation: Between Species (18 June–12 September), an international group show exploring encounters and identifications across the species.

Co-presented with

CONTACT Photography Festival

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Photo © Toni Hafkenscheid.

Photo © Toni Hafkenscheid.

Photo © Toni Hafkenscheid.