185 x 145 x 5 cm
Ink-jet print on premium glossy photo paper, covered with acrylic glass, laser contour cut
Collection Museum Haus Konstruktiv
Purchase made possible by Club Fonds Konkret
Oh boy oh boy VIII-A
The artist Daniele Buetti (born 1957 in Freiburg, Switzerland) focuses on not only media discourse, but also the lifestyle industry and the advertising associated with it. The Conceptual artist exposes the mechanisms of visual seduction by altering and reworking photos and videos from television series and films, by interrogating the strategies and effects of labelling, and by questioning the compulsion to consume and its identity-forming power. In his photo works, often presented in the style of installations, Buetti defaces otherwise flawlessly beautiful super models by giving them bulging scars with the slogans and logos of major fashion companies. Other times, he perforates his photographs to let traces of light appear on their surface until they seem to glow from within. He enhances this simultaneously diffuse and radiant effect by presenting these perforated pictures in light boxes, creating a mysterious atmosphere.
The series of works titled “Oh boy oh boy,” which he began in 2008, appear almost like icons, although the images display absolute horrors – they are documentary pictures from the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo. These images of terror are made extremely abstract through a complex process of digital manipulation, in which the motifs are replaced by color fields of different sizes, making it impossible to identify the original content. These multi-colored, luminous pictorial compositions were then printed on photo paper before they were transferred to acrylic glass and cut out. The puzzles resulting from this process were reassembled to form aesthetic images reminiscent of old mosaics or radiant church windows. With a marked sense for aesthetic pictorial arrangements, Buetti questions the discrepancy between appearance and reality or truth, while demonstrating the almost sacred character of mediality. He uses these seductive strategies to conceal the closely related themes of violence, exercise of power, religiousness, and sexuality, while revealing how easily visual perception can be manipulated.
Dominique von Burg