Erik Swahn - Farbteiler #478

Farbteiler #478

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Erik Swahn’s exuberantly colorful Farbteiler (German for 'color divider') employs theory, art history, and geometry to masterfully create visually stunning, timeless pieces. The Swedish artist’s collection explores color-color interaction and how colors interact with geometric structure, sequence, pattern, and even time and truth. Color theory plays a crucial role in Farbteiler, explaining why the eye is immediately and intuitively attracted to each piece. Based on early 20th c. Bauhaus artist and teacher Johannes Itten’s Farbkreis color wheel, Farbteiler employs a random subset of one to twelve colors to create a delightfully washed palette. Using pointillism and drawing on his experience as an architect, these colored patterns transcend space and time with their mathematical and nearly supernatural understanding of palette. The project also serves as a course in generative art history with it’s minimalist structures harkening back to Sol LeWitt’s simple, geometric techniques, particularly his famous work with cubes exemplified by his Untitled (1968).


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Date of Mint

December 9, 2021

Date of Acquisition

March 20, 2023