Broken Television, mixed media on wood, 50 x 40 x 7 inches, 2015
Lives and works in New York, NY
Influenced by his background in filmmaking, New York based artist Greg Haberny’s goal for his installations is to transform the gallery space into an all-encompassing experience of sight and sound. The production and direction of installations echoes his personal background in filmmaking while allowing strong personal expression and freedom with all forms of artistic medium. With cultural iconography and a sardonic sense of humor, Haberny’s installations engulf and challenge viewers, exaggerating the circus-like frenzy of media and marketing of fear in contemporary American society.
Haberny produces individual pieces that he then incorporates into larger installations. His process involves cutting, scraping, and affixing painted and found elements including vintage comics, pin-up girls, and advertisements to create heavily worked pieces that retain the evidence of damage or trauma. Thus his works evoke the pained physicality of bruises and broken bones, which reflects the shattered cultural makeup of our contemporary wasteland.