Artist Olaf Breuning is the subject of this colorful and quirky video examination of the world he inhabits. It is a devastatingly nuanced cultural commentary that uses his characteristic humor as a lens on the world.

The Avant/Garde Diaries recently traveled to Olaf Breuning’s getaway house in upstate New York where the artist finds time to breathe fresh mountain air and take a load off from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary art world.

“I always believe artists have to do something that other people cannot do. They have to be special,” he explains. “You can watch your own belly button all the time, you know … there’s nothing visionary, there’s nothing great, there’s no great gesture.”

And, of course, he’s always having fun in the process.

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