Daniele Buetti’s oh boy oh boy at Hilger Contemporary, Vienna

Galerie Ernst Hilger

January 12, 2012

19 January–9 March 2012

Opening:
Thursday, 19 January 2012, 7.30 pm

The artist will be present.

A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition in collaboration with Galerie Feldbusch Wiesner, Berlin.

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Daniele Buetti’s images first strike the viewer as colorful, bright, and playfully burlesque. They seem like shiny high-tech hybrids of ancient mosaics, stained-glass windows, and puzzles, in whose surfaces viewers find themselves reflected under the gallery’s fluorescent lights. Rich colors and dynamic lines create a festive atmosphere, and the delicate honeycomb structure that covers many sections of the pictures is reminiscent of the fractured surface of a disco ball.

To create this series, Buetti designed templates on a computer, which were then cut from acrylic glass by a laser into individual color fields. These pieces were fitted precisely back together to form the large final images. This laborious, quasi-old-masterly technique, executed with the newest technology, contributes significantly to the inherent fragmentation of each piece’s meaning. Beauty becomes a mask that highlights the horror instead of veiling it. Buetti continues to surprise us with his unique combination of new and old forms of image production. His methods often derive from photographic processes, but never become simply a formal goal in and of themselves, or a display of mere technique.

(excerpts from a text by Hans Rudolf Reust, translated from German by Anne Posten, published in ARTFORUM, September 2011)