If you’ve ever looked up close at a digital photograph, computer screen or any other display device I’m sure you’ve noticed the tiny colored dots or squares that come together to make up a picture. Those dots or squares are called Pixels; the smallest picture elements that are often placed on a two dimensional grid. For years many artists have implemented this method of creating images to create their own interpretations of images. Some with literal translations of dots and squares of paint or ink on canvases or paper yet others have used more curious and inventive items in place of the pixels. One such artist is Christian Faur.
Christian Faur developed a technique in which he painstakingly places crayons into frames to reproduce the effect of pixels in a photograph. Each piece is composed of hundreds of crayons of different colors to match the values of the colors in the original photos. The end results are texturally intriguing abstract pieces of artwork when looked at up close and beautifully precise photographic images when looked at from a far.
Faur’s inspiration for this body of work comes from his childhood love of crayons. He goes on to explain in his own words;
“My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can still remember the pleasure of opening a new box of crayons: the distinct smell of the wax, the beautifully colored tips, everything still perfect and unused. Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain. Through a novel technique that I have developed, I again find myself working with the familiar form of the crayon.
Because of the three-dimensional nature of the crayons, the individual surface images appear to change form as one moves about the gallery space. The images completely disappear when viewed from close up, allowing one to read the horizontally sequenced crayon text and to take in the beautifully colored crayon tips — all the while being reminded of that first box of crayons.”
You can view more of his amazing work on his website.