Olaf Breuning makes films, photos, and installations that combine a large dose of dark humor with a critical eye for present-day faux-pas and missteps. In Home 2, a hapless narrator caricatures the Western obsession with the authentically “exotic” through a series of awkward travelogues. Home 3, Breuning’s most recent film, continues his series with a focus on the relationship between modern man and his technological environment. Hoping that communication technology will offer a degree of liberation, the protagonist becomes more and more entangled in obligations and interaction.
The PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series is supported in part by the Autzen Foundation, Utrecht Art Supplies, the Ace Hotel, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.