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Fred Lonidier, Create-A-Clock, 1978, diptych, mixed media, each panel 15 x 12".

Fred Lonidier

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Fred Lonidier, Create-A-Clock, 1978, diptych, mixed media, each panel 15 x 12".

THE QUESTION IS WHO EXERCISES HOW MUCH POWER TO WHOSE ENDS? reads a line printed below statistics concerning US car production in the year 1978 and a photograph depicting cars in a parking lot. The collage, enclosed in a license-plate frame, at the top of which stands the word oligopoly, is one in a row of similar constructions––the others address FETISH, WASTE, POLLUTION, EXPENSE, and DANGER as characteristics of the automobile industry. Together, these elements comprise Photo License, 1978, the first piece visitors encountered in Fred Lonidier’s exhibition “Artworks from Protest, Social Criticism to Class Struggle.” With a work such as this one, whose typewritten textual elements and dated photography reveal its creation following the inception of Conceptual art, Lonidier spoke through the new artistic language being developed in that time and ventured a valuable investigation

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