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20.08.2012

 

garçon, l'addition ! - Daniele Buetti presents a series of critical work at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art Galerie, Frankfurt

The Bernhard Knaus Fine Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by renowned Swiss artist Daniele Buetti (*1955) from the series ‘Oh boy, oh boy’, which the artist began in 2008. The show will open on August 31 2012.

As with his earlier work, photography plays a central role in this series. The original imagery documents acts of terror, war and unresolvable religious conflicts, whose atrocity and suffering cause panic and dismay.

Usually these images reach us only via private snapshots along intricate paths. The artist abstracts this imagery and by doing so obliterates large parts of their information. Through the form of their new presentation and its underlying character, they nearly become icons.

As before, he irritates us with a sense for aesthetic arrangements and a pretended enticing beauty. The artist transforms the original motives in 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. Daniele cuts out the outlines 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, nevertheless, 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.


garçon, l'addition ! - Daniele Buetti
Private view August 31 2012, 19:00
Exhibition closes October 20 2012
Frankfurt gallery season opening
BERNHARD KNAUS FINE ART GmbH
Niddastrasse 84
D-60329 Frankfurt / Main
www.GoSee.us/BernhardKnausFineArt

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI

BERNHARD KNAUS : Daniele BUETTI