Daniele Buetti, oh boy oh boy XXXI, 2011, inkjet print under laser contour-cut acrylic glass, 120 x 100 cm
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 [oh boy oh boy], 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)
A publication will be presented on the occasion of the show - in collaboration with the gallery Feldbusch Wiesner, Berlin.