Sep 28, 2011

PROFILE | Christian Faur


The Dance + detail, 2006
Hand Cast Encaustic Crayons
19.5 in x 19.5 in

I first discovered Christian Faur while searching for ready made/trash art. His art immediately caught my eye. He uses crayons to make pixelated looking images. More can viewed on his website. He quotes Frank Lloyd Wright in his artist statement saying, "Each material has it's own message". Which made me wonder, what do crayons have to say? He goes on to answer my question by explaining the "color alphabet" he created. Which is 26 colors that represent the 26 letters of the alphabet. He uses it to give his works literal meanings which can be decoded by those who take the time to do it (or read the captions on his website).




One of the most interesting thing I saw on the website was his Mating Jacket. The tiles of color, when decoded using his color alphabet, are pick up lines used on women. "I am a magical being, take off your bra" was my favorite. He is not the type of artist who leaves you wondering what did he mean by that? His website thoroughly explains in detail what he was going for. He says,
"Further, the jacket also targets the human female directly, because of the nature of human color vision among men and women. Color blindness (a recessive trait) is linked to a gene that is passed along on the X chromosome. Women who posses two of these chromosomes are ten times less susceptible to color deficiencies when compared to men. Thus, women are more likely to be able to “read” the self assured verbal bravado that is on display, assuring one an adequate level of male testosterone. :)"
I enjoy his work because more than just looking pretty he has intention and meaning on several levels behind what he does. Had this jacket just been covered in colorful squares I would have thought it was maybe someone's not so cute anymore vintage jacket but knowing about the color alphabet changes my whole perspective on the piece. He also makes images out of thousand of strips of paper.
1000 Name on Paper, 2008
Paper on Panel
40 in x 30 in.
He takes an object so small as a crayon or paper strip, which on it's own would be insignificant and then turns it into something beautiful with meaning. The thousands strips of paper making up this portrait of a soldier have the most common names of people ages 18 to 28  in the United States written on them. I believe he is commenting on how many young Americans we lose to war
Reflections, 2002
Oil on Panel
48 in. x 24 in.
Most of his works are larger pieces made up of small objects but he also paints and creates electronic installations. His art is thought provoking and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Stumbling upon his website was a pleasant surprise. His scientific approach to creating art by using his color alphabet is innovative and productive in helping the viewer understand his intention and meaning behind each piece. He is represented by the Sherrie Gallery in Ohio and Kim Foster gallery in New York.


--Sara Beth Worcester

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