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J. Fekner

Mobstr

J. Fekner

Mobstr

J. Fekner

Mobstr

J. Fekner

Mobstr


I'ts hard. 

Shall we google any idea we have, before doing our art? It’s rather yes or no. Both answers are valid. It’s hard to have bright new ideas, especially when it comes to writing. How can a sentence be possibly new? or new in conceptual art? Does it counts if another artist has said it, some 20-30 years ago? Shall we always post credits, or shall we ignore it?

It’s hard to avoid a man such as John Fekner. It’s hard not to consider Mobstr too, may be the new Fekner. But how new is new? what’s new? I leave it to you.


Just in. The Street Messages Book by Nicholas Ganz Thank and an honor to be in a book with Ben Eine,Jenny Holzer, John Fekner, Banksy, Al Diaz, Samo, Kid Acne,Faith 47 etc

Clytie, 1973. J. Fekner. 

On first viewing the surfaces of John Fekner’s paintings, one wonders what in the devil he’s up to. Are they sensitive, calligraphic abstractions done with invisible inks? Are they barely perceived Japanese landscapes designed to make one myopic? And so, one looks and squints at these strange “blank” canvases, only to discover (if one looks hard and long enough) that Fekner’s little pen-squiggles form the outlines of huge, full-head portraits or group portraits, seen mysteriously emerging out of each canvas, like some hugely over-exposed negatives. The moment their revelation is made clear, the images come into subtle focus, and the paintings become astonishing. Clearly, these are exercises in perception, but done with such skill as to transform them into works of remarkable refinement.