Olaf Breuning: Color Studies


Part of his recent ongoing Color Studies series, Olaf Breuning's current exhibit in Los Angeles' Michael Benevento Gallery uses sculpture and photography as vehicles for luminous basic colors, offsetting them with deep black and bright white surfaces to striking effect.

A multiple-room exhibit, Breuning painted the gallery's first room entirely black, making the photographs depicting bright paint poured onto human figures appear to float in space. Sculptures with amoeba trails of paint challenge the horizontal and vertical forms.


A powerful contrast to the dark interior, the white room takes the mixture of color to a different extreme with photos of purposefully imprecise grids and lines. Breuning's gorgeously organic imagery pushes the concept to playfully explore the fundamentals of color and form.


The New York-based artist's eclectic work features a pop-culture element so singular it secured the Swiss expat a position at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. See more about his two-part installation for the exhibition in the CH video.

Color Studies
Through 22 October 2009
Michael Benevento Gallery
7578 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046 map
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