One work of art, a rainbow of photo possibilities. This week’s #whereartthou, a series highlighting exhibitions which inspire visitors to take pictures, is Olaf Breuning’s (@olafbreuning) “Smoke Bombs.” The piece, which is created using a large grid of colorful smoke bombs, was staged during the artist Doug Aitken’s Station to Station (@stntostn), a vibrant 30-day project that includes over a hundred artist-led events and runs at the Barbican in London until July 26. “All the bombs have to be lit at the same time, and there it goes. However the wind blows,” says Olaf, who lives in New York City and presented the piece last week.
The nature of the work – dynamic and colorful — makes it interesting for viewers to photograph, too. “The photos are often more spectacular than the performance itself,” Olaf says. “I love the idea that so many different people make photos from different perspectives. It’s beautiful.”
“Smoke Bombs” is included in a series of 30 videos Station to Station is creating for their Instagram feed. They are also available on the project’s website sequentially, seamlessly. “Station to Station is an event that crosses borders,” Olaf says. “It goes from one creative station to the next.”
This post is part of our Hashtag Highlight series, showcasing the most creative community hashtags on Instagram. To see more faces in the wild on Instagram, browse the #ISeeFaces hashtag.
#ISeeFaces highlights faces found in unexpected moments and places. According to New York-based artist Olaf Breuning (@olafbreuning), the key to this hashtag is staying open and playful. “Detecting faces is in our human nature, and we all understand it,” says Olaf. “Look around, there are a lot of faces hiding.”