Carl Fudge


Press Release

Carl FUDGE            Screenprints 2000 – 2008                 July 17 - August 30, 2019

 

 

 

 

Galerie Richard in New York is featuring  screen prints made by Carl Fudge between 2000 and 2008. Galerie Richard has been exhibiting Carl Fudge since 2003 and this is the seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. Fudge is wideley recognized in the art world for his paintings and prints from this period. He reconfigurs existing material and subject matter using the computer as well as intensive hand-work processes. These include both Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and images from contemporary Japanese anime. The exhibition also includes screen prints from Warhol’s camouflage series.   

The Ukiyo-e was interesting to the artist for several reasons, first was the influence they had on the development of European modernism and the so called "road to flatness” which ultimately results in our current virtual space. The second is the act of disguising the content of the image. Taken from erotic prints, the images are elaborately encoded to obscure the content. 

Japanese anime, which began to be popular in America around 2000, continued in a similarly encoded tradition. These cartoon characters inhabit a world of their own with elaborate signifiers linked to narratives of childhood dreams and power.                

Warhol’s use of camouflage is identifiable through Fudge’s screen printing process. The camouflage prints could possibly be read as the most telling of subjects. Much of Fudge’s work has also revolved around the concept of concealing and revealing, camouflage-camouflage was an amusing idea.                        .            

Carl Fudge’s works were part of the seminal digital exhibition titled “Bit Streams” at the Whitney Musuem in 2002 and “Post Digital Painting” at The Cranbrook Museum in 2002, which gathered artists utilizing digital aesthetics.

 

Born in London in 1962, Fudge has lived in New York since graduate school. His works are in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, The Boston Museum of Arts, Boston, MA, The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, The Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO amongst others and in Corporate collections such as Deutsche Bank and Sprint Corporation.