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February 12, 2013

David Breuer-Weil: Project 4

David Breuer-Weil explores the themes of place, time, and cause in Project 4, the latest edition of his Project series.

Project 4, the latest in 's series of epic solo projects, includes around 70 canvases alongside a number of sculptures. Breuer-Weil has a gift for finding dramatic and unusual venues; the Project exhibitions have always been staged in quirky, cavernous spaces. In 2001, the Project was in the crypt of the Roundhouse. Two years later, in 2003, Project 2 took place in the Bargehouse on the South Bank, and, in 2007, Project 3 was held in a disused multi-story car park in Covent Garden. Now, Project 4 is to be housed in the atmospheric vaults of Leake Street, Waterloo in London, from to

Reveling in a diverse and unruly mix of colors, Project 4 fuses the themes of place, time, and cause, which have dominated Breuer-Weil’s work since the mid-1990s, with new concerns about the human condition and the artist's role as commentator and creator. Leitmotifs of humanity, philosophy, and politics flit between the tragic and the joyous in a visual language that is as much absurdist as it is emotive.

Compared to previous Project series, the angles of vision in Project 4 are even more eccentric and disorientating, sometimes positively cinematic. Underlying the works is a profound sense of unease, but an element of hope seeps through. The Project series represents Breuer-Weil’s most comprehensive production; it is a monument to humanity and modern life and, as such, is a testament to the city that inspired it.

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