"A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
FRINGE THEORIES considers the work of five artists and scholars that thrive outside of traditional and accepted rules and boundaries.
Writer, scholar, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Mark Van Stone, Ph.D. speaks about the Mayan prophecies of 2012. Also on display are some of Van Stone’s inscription works showing the attention to detail and skill acquired with three decades of calligraphic study.
Photographer Noah Doely creates fantastic and mythological works using antiquated, 19th century photographic techniques. His images invite speculation on The Photographic Truth and the inherent expectations, perceptions, and possible fabrications of the photographic record.
Painter Keith Engeron creates dark yet humorous landscapes reworks ancients, classic and modern works of art with current motifs and iconic symbolism. His composition utilizes the ironic juxtaposition of this celebrated imagery paired with the iconic and dangerous waste from our society of mass consumption.
Sculptor DJ Brelje constructs mysterious characters and monstrous creatures composed largely of found objects. These strange and aged objects have already had their own histories, identities, and former lives before becoming the new complex entities with rich, elaborate histories of their own.
Multimedia artist Tony Allard exhibits an iteration of “Drawing in The Media Stream”, a tangible media landscape that reminds us of the media’s power to create “reality” out of what is perhaps only completely fabricated visions of “truth”.
The work on display in FRINGE THEORIES forces us to keep looking forward. The themes remind us that we should not take anything for granted. The artists in the exhibition remind us to always keep an open mind.
Curated by Katherine Sweetman
FRINGE THEORIES @ Agitprop
@ Agitprop December 12th, 2009
In conjunction with December’s Ray at Night Art Walk
6pm Talk with Mark Van Stone, PhD “Introduction to the 2012 Issue”
7-9pm Opening Reception
2837 University Ave.
(behind Glenn's Market on Utah)
San Diego, CA 92104