Christian Faur takes a scientific approach to making a statement with color.

Sherrie Gallerie

Christian Faur takes a scientific approach to making a statement with color.

In recent years, the artist has produced a series of works using a "color alphabet" he created, assigning a hue to each letter and subtly spelling things out in items ranging from a suit made for dating and mating to pixelated portraits formed entirely of hand-cast wax crayons.

This month, Faur presents some of the crayon portraits, which have garnered international attention. He also debuts his latest experiment, a collection of encaustic works in which vertical lines of color represent the letters and sounds in the title of each piece. A sound installation will accompany the images.

"I create the title of the work, then read the words out loud and capture my voice," Faur explained. "Using the computer, I dissect the individual words into discrete letters using frequency and amplitude graphs to help with the decisions."

The resulting canvases suggest an elegant, color-coded take on the fuzzy visualization of audio levels in software like GarageBand.

"My hope is to engage the viewer in a space where color and language meet, where meaning is formed on several levels," Faur said. "The painting becomes the title and the title becomes the painting, and the artist's voice is realized in a very direct way through color, sound and form."

For those who don't want to wait until the Hop, Faur will discuss his work in Sherrie Gallerie at 6:45 p.m. Friday, April 1.


Sharon Weiss Gallery

Painter Craig Carlisle can lay claim to one of the most recognizable series of artworks in Columbus: the "Big Head" paintings. Smiling, serene and depicted in strong lines against soft color washes, Carlisle's figures can be seen in many local private and public collections.

For his new show, "Garden Angels," the artist presents his familiar faces and nature scenes through freshly naive eyes. The resulting difference in style is dramatic, with rough, aggressive brushwork that's more fixed on line and texture than dimension.

"My silent goal in so many of my previous works was to make 'something they'll love,'" he said. "However with this new work I had to make something I loved, something that allowed my soul to thrive. The paint is very thick, almost attacked onto the boards and canvases - just what I needed to experience."


83 Gallery

The organizers at 83 Gallery always win points for sheer volume, usually bringing together handfuls of artists in salon-style shows that reach up to the space's ceilings. Gallery Hop brings 83's first solo show, but the artist has more than 100 images to share.

California-based Geoffrey Hosta creates digitally manipulated photographic works that start with things seen in nature and end in strangely alien images that pop with color and texture.