excerpts from the exhibition oh boy oh boy at feldbusch wiesner, berlin autumn 2011
daniele buetti's new work series oh boy oh boy illustrates the precarious phenomena of our media-dominated society. today, as in the past, the artist beguiles our senses in order to disguise his critical approach, which is only evident at a second glance. in this way, the artist reveals to the viewers the malleable nature of their own perception and points to the lack of reflection and the social immaturity of our age, in which we have succumbed to the beautiful yet deceptive surface appearances.
buetti does not use photographs from the advertising industry as a basis but documentary press photographs. the pictures are no longer transformed by perforating or painting over them but are abstracted to such an extent that their original content initially remains hidden. motifs are gradually removed from their context and replaced by smaller and larger areas of colour, until only the outlines of the central figures, which are also divided up into the smallest segments of colour possible, become visible. the fascinating, multicoloured visual compositions generated in this way are printed on photo paper and covered with acrylic glass, while the contours of the individual picture components have been traced in the glass with a laser cutter.
using this innovative technique, the artist creates strong, glowing, imaginary worlds, which, when broken down into small sections, are reminiscent of medieval mosaics or church windows. another distinctive feature is the echo of stylized, geometric, art nouveau elements, garish, blatant forms of pop art and modern, digital visual universes, in which the individual elements have dissolved into pixels.
since 2004 daniele buetti has been professor of photography at the kunstakademie in münster. he is represented in prestigous collections such as daimlerchrysler collection, berlin, la maison européene de la photographie, paris, migros museum of contemporary art, zurich, museo nacional centro de arte reina sofía, madrid, thyssen-bornemisza contemporary art foundation, salzburg, zkm, karlsruhe, to name just a few.
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