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oh boy oh boy

Past exhibition at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art:

 

Daniele Buetti

garçon, l'addition!

Exhibition ended October 27, 2012

 

 

The pictures of this series are reminiscent of early mosaics as well as of coloured glass windows. The artist sets these associations deliberately with strong links to pictorial traditions on the one hand and to motives which

are imprinted on our cultural memory on the other.

 

Like in his earlier works, everything starts with photographic images. However, in this case Buetti reuses images, which do not derive from fashion magazines but from documentary photography. They tell from terror, war

and seemingly insoluble conflicts. Their cruelty and suffering cause dismay. Mostly, these images reach us only via private snapshots along intricate paths. The artist converts these pictures towards abstraction and thereby

extinguishes large parts of their information. Through the form of their new presentation and its underlying character, they nearly become icons. As before, Buetti irritates us with a sense for aesthetic arrangements and a

pretended enticing beauty.

 

The artist transforms the original motives through many production steps on the computer in such a way that their original content seems to disappear behind the aesthetic surface. Parts of the pictures are extracted and substituted

with coloured pieces in different sizes. Merely the outlines of the central figures and structures remain rudimentarily recognizable, although they are also segregated into little colour-segments. However, the intervention goes

further. The outlines are cut out with a laser contour cut, so that a mosaic-like surface emerges.

 

In most works, several figures are to be recognised. Without knowledge of the original image, the scenes are not discernible. Only indications remain. In the work „oh boy oh boy_V“, an image of a prisoner tortured by American

soldiers from Abu Ghraib in Bagdad remains unambiguously recognizable. As a result, incertitude arises in terms of what we see in all other works of the series. The title of the series pushes this ambivalence even further. As an

exclamation of surprise the German correspondence of the series title „oh boy oh boy! “ leaves open whether it is a remark of joy or, else, desperation.

 

In the 1990s, Daniele Buetti became well known for his alienations of photographs from the world of advertising and fashion. By scratching or perforating the surfaces of these photographs, he foiled social conventions of beauty

and identity based on consumption.

 

Also in his new series “oh boy oh boy” Daniele Buetti’s critical approach becomes detectable only at a second view. Horror-pictures like the ones from the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo seem to lose their fright by constant

reuse in the media, which has reduced their value to pure means of recognition. Somehow, Daniele Buetti has found a way to render their aura.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Workdetails::

 

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XVIII_A_180x140cm

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XX_A_185x145cm

„Oh boy oh boy XVIII_A“, 2011

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 2/2 + AP

 

„Oh boy oh boy XX_A“, 2011

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 1/2 + AP

 

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XXVIII_B_180x140cm.jpg

 

„Oh boy oh boy_ XXVIII_B“, 2011

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 2/2 + AP

 

 

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XXIX_A_185x145cm

 

„Oh boy oh boy XXIX_A“, 2011

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 2/2 + AP

 

 

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy XII_C_180x140cm

„Oh boy oh boy_XII_C“, 2011

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 2/2 + AP

 

„Oh boy oh boy V_B2“, 2012

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 1/2 + AP

 

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XIX_180x140cm_2011

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XXII_180x140cm_2011

„Oh boy oh boy XIX“, 2012

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 1/2 + AP

 

„Oh boy oh boy_XXII“, 2012

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

185 x 145 cm

Edition 1/2 + AP

 

Daniele Buetti, Oh boy oh boy_XXVII_B_120x100cm

 

„Oh boy oh boy_XXVII_B“, 2012

Pigment-Print auf Diasec, Laser Cut, Mosaik

123 x 103 cm

Edition 1/2 + AP

 

 

Please contact us for more works, size and price information.

 

Copyright: Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and Daniele Buetti.