Noah Breuer: Cabbage
October 27 – January 2, 2022
In the lexicon of tailors and seamstresses, the word “cabbage” refers to the pieces of cloth cuttings leftover in the process of creating custom garments and traditionally kept as perquisites by the dressmakers. Making clothing entirely from these leftover scraps was common among these clothiers and sometimes fashionable.
In his exhibition at VisArts, Noah Breuer has employed a similar methodology, creating wholly new artworks by utilizing a collection of sample swatches and pattern designs taken from the Czech archives of his Jewish family’s pre-war textile business. Through his process of digital reclamation and reassembly, Breuer resurrects fragments of his lost ancestors’ visual legacy, creating something new, tangible, and deeply personal in the process. The artworks in this exhibition include prints on paper and fabric, sculptural glass and low-relief paper casts made from scraps of cotton.
About the artist:
Noah Breuer is an American artist and printmaker, raised in Berkeley, California.
He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA from Columbia University. He has also earned a graduate research certificate in traditional woodblock printmaking and paper-making from Kyoto Seika University in Japan.
Noah has had recent solo exhibitions at Penn State University Altoona, Spring Hill College, Left Field Gallery in San Luis Obispo, California; SPACE Gallery in Portland Maine; and Spudnik Press in Chicago, Illinois.
His artist books have been published by the San Francisco Center for the Book, as well as Small Editions in Brooklyn, New York. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art
Breuer works as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.