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100cm x 70cm 

Edition 40

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.

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