Marco Breuer
Observations in Color


7 March - 20 April, 2002

Andrew Roth is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new photographs by Marco Breuer. On view there will be over 20 images from the series Observations in Color.

After a decade working with black-and-white photography, Breuer has turned his attention to color photographic material. The actual color in these new images is generated through various means; only a few are created by interaction with light. By subjecting the photographic paper to a range of erosive elements before and after processing, Breuer literally forces color out of his material; the resulting image presents the residue of this physical act. The paper may be scrubbed, sanded, or torn and then taken back to the darkroom and contact-printed. The image is now inverted and the color is reversed. It is then folded, creased, and sanded again, creating a cycle of imaging and re-imaging: shifts in scale and color, positive to negative, in and out of focus.

To coincide with the exhibition, Andrew Roth will publish SMTWTFS, a limited-edition artistís book, distributed by D.A.P. Modeled after a standard photographic data-guide, this spiral-bound volume presents seven distinct image sequences. Housed inside a pocket in the back cover, the SMTWTFS reader prints texts by an unusual range of contemporary writers: Evan Hause, a composer; Richard Howard, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet; Adam Klein, a San Francisco–based fiction writer; New York Product Testing Services, providing a clinical analysis of one of Breuerís images; Lynne Tillman, a well published, New York–based fiction writer; and Martin Wilner M.D., a renowned psychiatrist.

Marco Breuer has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. His work is in private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. He lives and works in New York City.