CB&S Swatchbook (2018)

Noah Breuer
CB&S Swatchbook (2018)
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Swatch book structure with screw post. Polymer plate / letterpress-printed images based on rubbings that the artist created from the source material. Additional woodcut-printed imagery used as well.

For the last two years, I have been producing printed works on paper and fabric which explore the visual legacy of Carl Breuer and Sons (CB&S), my Jewish family’s former textile printing business. In 1942 CB&S was lost as a result of a forced sale to Nazi Party members, the Breuer family fled Europe, and those who remained were killed. After traveling to the Czech Republic and accessing a previously unknown cache of
CB&S material housed at the Czech Textile Museum in Česká Skalice in 2016, I used the swatch books and printed textiles I found there as a nucleus of primary source material and I embarked on a reclamation project. 

The book will reference the sample swatch books from which my imagery is appropriated, but while the original sample books allude to the potential purchase of bedsheets or table linens, my book will privilege the fragments, bringing them together in the form a narrative art object, and investing them with new meaning.

About the artist:
Noah Breuer is an American artist and printmaker based in Berkeley, California. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA
from Columbia University. He also earned a graduate research certificate in traditional woodblock printmaking and paper-making from Kyoto Seika University in Japan.