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Cass Sculpture Foundation is delighted to present a major interior and exterior exhibition by leading Swiss artist, Olaf Breuning.
Grounds: Standing at over ten metres tall, Olaf Breuning’s Clouds compete with the towering treescape of Cass Sculpture Foundation. Held in place by rudimentary steel supports, the six cartoonish clouds are cut from polished aluminium and powder-coated in different hues of bright blue. Clouds is a permanent realization of an earlier work in which Breuning used lifting cranes and boom lifts to elevate large blue cut-out drawings of clouds into the air for a momentary staged photograph. Their whimsical bulbous shapes and blue finishes are reminiscent of a child’s rendering of the sky or the set of a primary school play. Breuning’s Clouds harness this innocence to contrast with their surrounding environment. This evocation of a naive vision of the natural world provides a poignant counterpoint to the harsh ecological realities engendered by human civilization.
Main Gallery: Olaf Breuning will turn the Main Gallery of Cass Sculpture Foundation into a temporary carpenter’s studio. Working with a mountain of discarded, salvaged and recycled wood from the local area in West Sussex, Breuning will create a series of large Scrap Faces, made specifically for CASS. With typical spontaneous rigour, Breuning will work onsite over the Easter weekend to construct his free-standing Scrap Faces, encouraging surreal characters to appear in the makeshift wooden patchwork compositions.
Visitors will gain a unique insight into the artist’s practice – observing how ideas are created, refined or abandoned in the pursuit of bringing physicality to otherwise intangible ideas. Traversing a fine line between absurdist humour and sincerity, Scrap Faces will be on view at CASS from 30th March until 2nd September. Visitors will be invited to walk around Breuning’s new installation of towering faces, which are at once ridiculous and primitively sublime.