Gallery Exhibition--Christian Faur, The Language of Color
Presented by Sherrie Gallerie
Venue: Sherrie Gallerie
Christian Faur used more than one hundred thousand hand cast crayons of varying colors arranged by tonal value in the frame to produce beautiful photo-real images. These individual "pixels" of wax are precisely stacked into specific locations inside of wooden frames to produce a new art form that uniquely balances the qualities of both photography and sculpture. Further, he has developed a mapping system that translates the English alphabet into twenty-six discrete colors and uses these crayon "fonts" to add words and language to each of the pieces in the show.
In his newest body of work, he focuses on the semiotic nature of color by using this color alphabet system. This system uses pure color to mimic the function of letters to hold language and forms the basic foundation for many of the experimental works that he has produced. These works range from a "Mating Jacket"-a brightly colored dinner jacket composed of dozens of colored-sentences of male oriented come-ons, pick up lines, slogans, and macho self promotions-to an artist book, in which he developed a system of written glyphs to translate Wittgenstein's text "Remarks on Colour" into pure color.