Fumagine is to paint with a flame, a sculpture of soot, an installation of smoke. It's no more or no less. Begun in 1976, Belgium was only with this "figurative" technique that probably would have been no goal without a cross pass from Yves Klein who created Art with fire. Only later frans learned also know the other three masters of the quartet from the zero period, Aubertin, Peeters and especially Otto Piene - the biggest idol of Frans.
Frans Frengen has his noted fumagine - blue recovered in his experiments; it was precisely a blue like the other blue from his predecessor Yves Klein; associated as a complementary color to the color of soot so that he sees the possibility of being on a beach, walk a tide line of grains to approach contemporary art with the light in and on the soot that is recognized universally in each exhibition space and even in the universe by creating.
In soot collected, Frengen, sees elements of figuration that are extremely varied. It's like an author he paints, draws and sculpts simultaneously, poetic, contemporary, recognizable, breathtaking shades with soot, sculpting with stains and holes. He add some colors, some moveable squares for interaction and also some DNA. "Let me say that I preach "The Praise of Folly" by Erasmus," are the words of Frengen.
By looking at the compact images of the subconscious Frans sees images with a new view of reality. It is by reproducing what he sees and feels that he can create fair and ambiguous images. Indeed, to paint the visible and invisible, described by a international master in the art history.
"More intense and broader than what I can afford," said Frans, " Moving under the work gives me freedom, I feel myself as a partner of the painting. I can walk around and react from all positions, from the four winds , millimeter by millimeter. I do not need to step on the canvas thanks too action painting and painting the vaults of the Sistine Chapel. And even as the master of cubism it is a feast to be undisturbed at the edge of the abyss of falsehood.
I'll make the opposite of dripping colors, the opposite of abstract (that does not exist in this sense according to the master of cubism). It is like to search the opposite with or without an ear. "
some quotes of frans frengen:
"The only advantage of contemporary art is that they do not have to show what contemporary art was."
“I have hated art to kill for all she did to me, but each time I love her as much for all she is."
” “Memory lives, but you were too late to collect her”.
“I am the puppet of my subconscious, but I decide about the strings.”
”Art is like you unbend, a shot in the bull's eye.” . (ATIM Magazine: "TOP 60 MASTERS OF CONTEMPORARY ART")