Galerie Richard in New York is featuring screenprints made between 2000 and 2008 from July 17 to August 30, 2019. Galerie Richard has been representing Carl Fudge since 2003 and this is the seventh solo exhibition with the gallery.
Carl Fudge made his recognition in the art world with paintings and prints from this period. He was working with reconfiguring existing material and subject matter with specific software. These include both Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and images from contemporary Japanese anime. The exhibition also includes some screenprints from Warhol’s camouflage series.
The Ukiyo-e was interesting to him for several reasons, first was the influence they had on the development of European modernism and the "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 hide 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 power.
Warhol and his work with camouflage are identifiable through his screen printing process. The camouflage prints could possibly be read as the most telling of subjects. Much of Carl Fudge work has also revolved around the concept of camouflage, concealing and revealing, to camouflage a camouflage was an amusing idea.
In 2002-2003 Carl Fudge’s works were part of the historical exhibition titled “Post Digital Painting” at The Cranbrook Museum, which gathered painters absorbing the new digital aesthetics.
Born in London in 1962, Fudge has been living 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.