Your Guide to effective Fringing by Max Sparber
A Preview of the Festival by Dwight Hobbes
Fringe Must-Sees: a Pulse Guide
Longtime Fringe patrons will certainly have noticed by now that the most consistently dazzling creative acts at the Fringe Festival are not always found onstage at any of the festival’s many venues. They’re often found hanging in the lobbies outside. This is the Visual Fringe, a showcase of local fine artists that makes use of the various Fringe locations as a sort of citywide gallery.
The Visible Fringe is organized somewhat differently than the remainder of the Fringe Festival. Shows in the festival are picked by a lottery system, and are entirely unjuried—if you pay your registration fee, you have as much chance as anybody else of getting a slot at the Festival. The Fringe’s fine arts showcase is curated by a small selection panel, including Outsiders and Other Gallery executive director Yuri Arajs, who founded the Visible Fringe.
This year’s Visible Fringe features 10 artists, including Don Bajus,
whose witty paintings revisit the creation of classic works of art, and whose
work will hang at the Playwrights Center. In the meanwhile, mail art enthusiast
and printed ephemera creator Thomas Cassidy might show up just about anywhere—he
has, in the past, simply printed up newsletters and hung them at bus shelters
or manufactured fake fortune cookie slips to abandon at food courts.
Red Eye will be home to Ellen Mueller’s spare, largely monochromatic creations
that explore our passage through time, and which frequently make use of the
clean lines of scientific or architectural diagrams. In contrast, Jamie Lang’s
minimal geometric sculptures, on display at the Southern Theater, have the feel
of a folk art creation, and are often rough textured and covered in carpet.
Printmaker Mike Elko, whose work often uses the styles and techniques of mid-20th
century commercial design, will display his sardonic and often political work
at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune. To read more about the artists on display
at the Visible Fringe, visit the Fringe’s webpage at FringeFestival.org.
to effective Fringing by Max Sparber
A Preview of the Festival
by Dwight Hobbes
a Pulse Guide