2022.11.25 - 12.17

If, while resting on a summer afternoon, 
you follow with your eyes a mountain range on the horizon or a branch which casts its shadow over you, 
you experience the aura of those mountains, of that branch.

- Walter Benjamin (1892~1940)

The aura is formed around the experiential meaning of the subject 
through the relationship with the object.

What we look at is breathing that aura.


Walter Benjamin(1892~1940), The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936)

Ed Broner was heavily influenced by film and music from an early age. After school, he ran to the cinema and fell into the world of Sergio Leone, and also were a dancer when hip-hop culture in the 80s moved from America to Europe. He began painting as a member of the Parisian graffiti subculture in the late '80s, and as the first generation in Europe to embrace the new art movement, he fueled his inner passion through graffiti and music. Since 2000, he has settled in Berlin to focus on painting, and from 2002 to 2011 he worked in the music field with numerous famous musicians in Berlin, Paris and Ibiza as a famous party promoter and a creative director of music event and club.

Ed Broner's [Duds Figures] Series is about music. It started in earnest in 2005 when he painted Jackson 5 on a t-shirt in a large-scale painting on canvas, and has been mainly drawn for music he enjoys and is influenced by. Another series, [Lost Paradise], contains the artist's reflection on nature after Corona. He said that, amid a feeling of despair when the corona pandemic began in 2020 and everywhere locked down, the mountains and landscapes of the French Alps that fascinated him while he was in the military suddenly came to mind. The artist began to think deeply about the lost freedom and paradise, and re-appeared in the painting the palm trees and the Irish landscape, which he first painted in graffiti in 1989. In a beautiful but sad and threatening situation, the eyes of nature give us a silent message.

Ed Broner's work is a record of his own life. On the path of life, the artist has been deeply engrossed in the subject of his passion and has communed with it. For example, in order to experience other cultures, art, and art history, he stayed in India, Africa, and Australia to find answers. Also, lately, he is working on ceramics and abstract art rugs in collaboration with a Berberian tribe from Moroco, and running a space as a curator. His life, which is constantly communicating with artistic inspiration, is expanding in various ways. In his paintings, records of breathing music, nature, subcultures and various arts are alive and well.