Albus 3 Arts, Northampton
Thu, 11 Dec 2015 - Sat, 31 Jan 2016
Slide show of selected views from the exhibition
Slide show of selected works from the exhibition
For the group exhibition Borderlands at Albus 3 Arts, Nick Fudge chose to install three paintings that demonstrate his conceptual rethinking of the concepts of authorship, originality and stylistic (re) invention. As signifier of the 'new' in art the stylistic advancements of radical modernist artists such as Picasso and Picabia are (re) imagined in strictly machinic terms (the spirit of the age) in order to (re) connect (fast forward) significant modernist painting styles with our present age defined by new digital technologies and the Internet. In explicitly connecting the modernist epoch with our digital age Fudge is bringing into contrast the radical individualism of modernist artists in search of the 'new' with the contemporary realities of our borderless, shared world of post-Internet complexity. Relentless stylistic 'advancements' in the plastic arts and the correlated emergence of new art movements slipped unnoticed (twenty-first century) into new augmented, virtual sets of realities that could possibly be best expressed using a modernist/futurist ideal: pure speed. The present contemporary for artists is perhaps learning to navigate a world of complexity rather than pursue the old idea of modernist individualism and to further jettison the idea of the 'new' in art in order to (re) invent concepts of art as complexity continuously in (re) circulation.