2017 Verbier 3-D Foundation Artist Olaf Breuning

The Verbier 3D Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be working with Swiss artist Olaf Breuning for the 2017 Artist Residency. The artist will come to Verbier, Switzerland to develop new work whilst considering the theme of Migration in the wake of climate change.

This year is a continuation of a 4-year initiative launched in 2016 by the Verbier 3-D Foundation that unites artists, locals and scientists to chronicle the impact of the surrounding glacial environment in Bagnes, Switzerland. Their insights are captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and public education programmes.

The contemporary understanding of climate and glacier awareness and its global increase have clearly shown how human behaviour in one geographical region can affect life in another, how individuals can impact upon other human beings’ living conditions, how certain populations’ lifestyle affects the environment, and how changes in the natural world conversely can induce migration and societal changes. What is the role of glacier retreat on migration?

Utilising the lens of art, the Verbier 3-D Foundation aims to create a dialogue and awareness around the themes of glacier warming and societal behaviours on a local that extends outwards. The residencies support new work by visual artists who, in their individual approaches, are interested in these conversations. The work is later exhibited in the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park.

Key concepts include: Place / Space / Scale / Interdependence / Environmental interaction.

Artist Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning is a multi-media artist whose works investigate kitsch, appropriation, cliché, popular culture, and hint at a collective visual iconography. Breuning’s unique mode of pastiche is eclectic by design, drawing icons from sources both high and low, Edvard Munch to Andy Warhol’s Marilyns to the Easter Bunny.

He is internationally known for his work that is humorous and often absurd, based on his observations of human experience and reflections on current cultural and political issues. Gleefully trampling traditional boundaries of artistic practice, Breuning works with photography, sculpture, installation and performance, films and drawing to realise and communicate his ideas.

Swiss, b. 1970, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, based in New York, NY and Zurich, Switzerland.

The Protestors, 2014
Complaining Forest, 2010
Smoke Bombs 3, 2013
Pattern People, 2013