' Sum of Parts Christian Faur hand cast encaustic crayons
Sum of Parts
September 07 - October 07, 2017

Press Release

Kim Foster is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Christian Faur.  This will be Faur’s third solo exhibition that will inaugurate our newly renovated gallery space. While Faur is internationally acclaimed for his portraits created by hand cast crayons, this exhibition will include a wide range of material and genres. Among the pieces to be exhibited will be Faur’s largest crayon work to date;  shredded paper image moments before a nuclear test blast composed entirely of religious text;  flag of dyed and sewn dollar bills; crayon portrait based on a Dorothea Lange photo in the FSA collection; umbrella of human hair; and print mapping the King James Bible to a color alphabet font.   

“Each material has its own message”  – Frank Lloyd Wright

Artist Statement:

The things that inspire me to create, I find, are buried deep within the structures and systems that form the underpinning of our natural world. My studies in the natural sciences have made me aware of these hidden layers of complexity present in even the simplest objects. These invisible layers are seen most clearly through the lens of logic, which is used to decipher the underlying rules and laws that govern the physical world.

In my work, I try to mimic these elegant structures of nature by developing systems of my own with which to express my thoughts and ideas, so that the medium and the message appear as one.

I think of it like a game, with a set of axioms that are established at the outset through the limitations of the material or forms from which the work is constructed, which then dictates what can and cannot be “said” within the boundaries of the chosen medium. This material limitation can also be a strength, as there is the potential to contain thoughts and ideas in unique ways, so that the “medium” can become the “message.” This intertwining of form and function can be seen most directly in my most recent work, which is comprised of crayons, shredded paper, dollar bills, and even a color based system of writing.

These systems function as a private language, that allows me to express many layers of meaning within each work that I create. I think of them as complex visual “poems,” which can redefine the way we think about the meaning of communication.   

“What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence” –  Ludwig Wittgenstein