Don’t miss your chance to see Marco Breuer’s New Pictures exhibition in the second floor Perlman Gallery before it closes this weekend. Breuer’s penchant for pushing photographic materials to their limits creates unexpected results. His images often appear to lie somewhere between abstract painting and photography. It should be no surprise then that he plays with conventional museum space as well. Watch MIA staff and Breuer transform the original white walled exhibition space into a giant black-walled chalkboard. Breuer literally drew connections between his works and commented on the gallery space itself. It is a great opportunity to gain insight into the artist’s own thought process, and his sense of humor.
While installing “New Pictures 2″ last February, Marco Breuer talked about his creative process. In the link below, he recalls discovering his interest in material and surface while on a 100 day art making spree. Don’t miss Breuer’s provocative installation before it ends on August 8.
Periodically, we’ll ask artists and writers to contribute 100 words on featured New Pictures artists. Now, we would like to hear what you have to say on Marco Breuer in 100 words or less. Send your submissions to Photo_Intern@artsmia.org by Wednesday, July 14th and we will make a selection to be posted. Tell your friends, let your 100 words be heard!
Periodically, we’ll ask artist and writers to contribute 100 words on featured New Pictures artists. Today we launch the first contribution by artist Julian Kreimer who teaches painting and contemporary theory at SUNY Purchase College School of Art + Design.
——————————————- 100 Words on Marco Breuer
The silken skin of the paper becomes visible when it is marred. The scrape, fold, cut, or burn sets off the smoothness of the rest.
After viewing Breuer’s work, I notice for days the surfaces of paper, seeing in the glare of a magazine page a lone smeared fingerprint. Instead of photographs that mirror the world, the world begins to resemble his photographs.
The mystery of his work isn’t just the beauty of the images, but the delicacy of those surfaces. Like accident victims seen years later, scarred but healthy; what combination of sternness, experience, and love coaxed the paper back into a whole?
Check out Marco’s transformation of the Perlman Gallery from a white cube with abstract photographs to a black box with wall drawings and ephemera and other riffs on his work. Visit the show and let us know your thoughts on the first and second installations.
Since Monday, Marco Breuer’s abstract photographs have been removed from the Perlman Gallery walls and the space has been painted chalkboard black. Tomorrow Marco will begin the process of drawing on the walls in chalk and engaging the photographs. The site-specific drawing should be done on Friday and on Saturday you can hear Marco discuss the work at 2:00 p.m. in Pillsbury auditorium. Hope to see you then.
Beat the crowds and visit the New Pictures 2: Marco Breuer exhibition, which is on view now. Look forward to seeing you in the galleries. The opening is officially tonight, February 18, 2010, from 6 pm until the cows come home.