FRINGE | AUTHORITY VS VELOCITY | FINE ART PRINT | 100CM X 70CM | GOLD LEAF embellished – release date 15\01\2021
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.
# 2 BELIEVING
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.
# 3 PLAYTIME
For the third in his series of colour prints, to be rolled out monthly over a year, Fringe magnifies the fabulous message of Pop, while scaling back on text.
The over-handled toy, that has found its way into the most recent works, is a vestige of youth. It’s a symbol of a babyhood well-spent, a signal that the child is about to take its next step.
Like most abandoned toys it lies in the corner, waiting to be recycled or dumped. The artist reflects on this fragment of lost innocence, while asserting that it is the Pop artist himself who must evolve, to carry on with his task. It’s a time for joyful pastimes, and new objects – to hit the accelerator, and play.
This is a real note to self.
#4 THE BIG APPLE
Print No. 4 in the Fringe Facsimile series is released on September 11 and is a direct reference to The Big Apple. By shifting focus to New York and American corporate culture, on this symbolic day, Fringe investigates whether the golden ratio, or the divine proportion as it’s called, continues to deliver on our artistic and cultural dreams. The equations add a fun, but cryptic, element of inquiry: in order to succeed would you bring an apple for teacher, to school?
#5 IS ART REALLY ANYTHING YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH?
#7 MEIN EYGENE OIGEN
As FRINGE’s year long project (one print a month) rolls out, a couple of things have become apparent: 1. Texts are heavily influenced by the social media. 2. The works obsess about the present, a big preoccupation in Pop Art.
FRINGE’s forms take their cue from graffiti and graphic art. Each print functions as a pop poster with a message. And now he turns his eye to the eye chart. Or the chart of the mind’s eye to be exact.
Collectively, we may have seen the catastrophic year ahead coming. But we chose to respond in so many different ways, to make the crisis visible, that we pulled in opposite directions.
As 2020 draws to a close we remember how it screwed us. The new artwork makes reference to the small print. Like a contract we signed unwittingly, we are now bound by sinister little clauses we cannot escape from.
But if you look real close you will see how art can take away the blind spots.
#8 AUTHORITY VS VELOCITY
FRINGE’s latest full colour print is yet another milestone in his year long project of offering a single editioned work every month, as a journey of the heart.
His latest print, titled Authority vs Velocity, is a twisted portrait of a Stormtrooper, decorated with Damien Hirst’s polka dots. It references a 2.2 metre mixed media earlier work, about the obtrusive and seductive pull of power.
In this anarchic, but propagandist image, from the global popular culture, we are asked to pay lip service to the Sovereign (Queen Elizabeth II), whose ancient currency still rules the waves.
January is the month of renewal — but in the common human experience it is also one of recommitment to established values. And a return to the old life.
The print text questions the difference between ‘remember’ and ‘recall’. The overall tone of nostalgia is enhanced by the use of gold leaf, reminding us of past masterpiece; and paying homage to one of Fringe’s idols, Gustav Klimt, with his iconic work Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.