Brian Fekete's Notes on an Industrial Spy is a large, framed 38 x 25 inch mixed media work on paper in gouache and graphite in red, pale pink and gray. Set against a background of marbleized paper in delicate pale pinks, oranges and grays, cryptically distorted, curving lines in red gouache define what appears to be a complex piece of machinery - perhaps an engine block with its cylinders, shafts and valves - in the upper portion of the work. A smaller reflection of this diagrammatic drawing in gray-toned graphite floats below, linked to the red 'original' by clean, strong graphite lines connecting dots between each drawing.
Included in a solo exhibition of Brian Fekete's most recent work entitled QUIXOTICA, in these works the artist brings his intrinsic curiosity to an unrelenting quest for truth and meaning through expressively painted abstract forms, anchored through their titles in a kind of physical reality. This selection of paintings recalls hallmarks of Fekete's earlier work: an otherworldliness, an idealism and an eagerness that here, takes him in seemingly divergent directions.
Now settled and working in Kingston, NY, Brian Fekete reached the Hudson Valley by way of Brooklyn and Detroit, where he was born in 1955. There, he received his BFA and MFA degrees, before moving to Brooklyn in 1997. Fekete has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wayne State University, and grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts. His work can be seen in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as numerous public and private collections, both in the US and abroad.
The paper size of this work is 38 x 25 inches. The framed size is 39.5 x 27.75 inch, floated in white washed wood frame.