Tuesday, November 2, 2010

MARCO BREUER | Nature of the Pencil - New Yorker review

Although it may not be exactly accurate to call Breuer a photographer—he uses photographic paper but no camera—it's still surprising to see his excellent new show described as a "drawing installation." His work, like Vik Muniz's, has a strong graphic element, but the effect of Breuer's mark-making relies on the unique properties of photosensitive paper exposed to light. For the work here, he's scraped, scratched, and incised color papers to produce a series of unique, compact abstractions that buzz with energy. They’re hung on a thick band of blackboard paint full of chalk erasures and notations (e.g. "Chance-Control") that suggest not a schoolroom but a mad scientist's lab. Through Dec. 4.

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