FRINGE | BELIEVING | FINE ART EDITION PRINT | 110cm x 70cm
The Daville Baillie Gallery
A Year in the Life of Fringe
From the mind of the artist known simply as Fringe, South Africa’s undisputed King of Pop, comes a new series of prints about the power and powerlessness of words. FACSIMILES are, by definition, ‘exact copies of written or printed material,’ and these the artist presents as messages from a place of personal introspection.
In FRINGE FACSIMILES, the artist presents one print a month over the period June 2020 to June 2021. The series is a long-running narrative, of subversive quotes from questionable and questioning sources.
The new print series performs as a facsimile of messages, taking us back to a time before the social media, namely, the time of the old fashioned fax, and driving us forward with cryptic clues, to the present day.
REDACTION IS THE ONLY WAY OF MAKING THE UNTHINKABLE THINKABLE… FREE THINKING RULES
This full colour print is the first in the series and introduces the idea that ‘Words are Deeds’, the famous quote by philosopher Wittgenstein that encourages us to think before we talk. Here, Fringe the artist takes on the barriers to free speech and brings a protest message into his Pop Art, with a funny mixture of irony and satire.
IF SEEING IS BELIEVING THEN OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES THE WORLD NEEDS LOOKERS MORE THAN IT NEEDS SEERS
This full colour print is the second in the series and rips into blue-sky idealists. It shatters dreams, yet delivers its hard-edged message without being too bleak. It muses on our electrifying present moment, a time in which people are being torn apart, and are coming together as friends and adversaries in dramatic displays of anger and revolt. It’s a colourful appeal for rational thought.