Untitled (C-1178) , 2012
chromogenic paper, burned
31 3/4 x 25 1/2 in (80.7 x 64.8 cm)
For this new series, Breuer worked in and outside of the darkroom, exposing photographic color paper to heat, light, and physical abrasion. Drawing implements included modified hot plates and the guts of electric frying pans. This exhibition presents works ranging from small photographic sketches to heavily burned and distressed 30 by 40-inch prints. Every individual piece constitutes a search, a move away from the given, a test of the materials' limits. The delicate lines and exquisite surfaces are what make these works so luminous and dynamic.
In his 20-year career, Breuer has examined fundamental questions of photographic form and practice. He continues this exploration in Condition by disrupting the figure/ground relationship of conventional photography, literally fusing image and support, rendering them inseparable, one and the same. Scarred and lacerated, the works become alloys of light, heat, and physical contact.
Marco Breuer has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. His work is collected by over 25 public institutions worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles: and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany.
Breuer was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006, and several residencies at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. In 2007 Aperture published a monograph of his work titled Early Recordings. Breuer's work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, ARTnews, Art in America, New Yorker, and Brooklyn Rail.