Is Olaf Breuning the wittiest photographer working today?

A quick flick through the Swiss artist's photo book
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Olaf Breuning, Clouds (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, Can someone tell us why we are here? (2006)

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Olaf Breuning, Impossible Balance Act (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, We only move when something changes (2002)

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Olaf Breuning, Complaining Forest (2010)

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Olaf Breuning, Good News Bad News (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, Bubbles (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, It's a mans world (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, Mammoth (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, Why can you not be nice with nature? (2008)

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Olaf Breuning, Colour Studies Black (2009)

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Olaf Breuning, Smoke Bombs (2008)

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We just had to take another, closer look at Olaf Breuning's photographs after we caught his current show Art Freaks at Metro Pictures in New York.

The Swiss-born NYC-based artist, who turns his hand to anything from video and performances to photographs and installations, produces overtly witty works which can't but make you chuckle at his ingenuity.

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Click through the gallery to see a selection of our favourite photographs by him, including Impossible Balance Act which has you wondering how so many glasses are precariously placed without cascading down and Clouds which seems to be his wonderful but ultimately doomed-to-failure attempt at controlling the weather.

In Why Can You Not Be Nice With Nature? the letters in the photo are made up from migrating birds. "It's a message," Breuning explains. "Just a strange message, since we always think that we can use nature to our profit, but then nature strikes back from time to time and we see how powerless we are."


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