Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Brightest Crayon in the Box: Christian Joseph Faur

See the photo at left? IT'S MADE OUT OF CRAYONS.  Yeah, I am for real.   One of my favorite art finds from one of my favorite websites,, it's the work of Ohio artist Christian J. Faur.  Faur uses crayons as pixels, casting them in place by hand (he's cast over 100,000 crayons and counting!) into haunting photographic works.  Blue Boy, the work shown above, is composed of crayons organized by tone rather than color, allowing Faur to create the most colorful monochromatic image you've ever seen. These colorful monochromes probe ideas about light and optics--Blue Boy, for example uses thousands of tiny specks of color to create a monochromatic image the same way your TV does when you watch a black and white movie.  Get close to the TV, and you'll see all the tiny blocks of red, blue and green; back up, and everything is in black and white again.  Who needs to go to the Met when you've got that kind of a Monet in living room?

But, I digress.

One of the great things about Mr. Faur's website and work is his obvious zest for making art--his body of work includes collages, installations, sculptures, paintings, encaustic works on panel and more (I'm also a particularly big fan of his shredded paper collages). See it all at

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