Portuguese artist Add Fuel is back with his new book Square One! Featuring a selection of original paintings, artist editions and mural pieces created over the last few years, this self-published presents a comprehensive look at Add Fuel’s signature style. Alongside extremely limited quantities of the signed book we also have Squared an exclusive new hand-pulled screen print, as well as one of each of Add Fuel’s collector’s edition tiles to accompany the book! Read on as Add Fuel gives us some insight into his latest print, his self published book and much more. . .
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Add Fuel: The “Squared” print follows up with the launch of my first book “Square One”. This print combines the cover of the book with the two visuals from the book’s collector’s edition tiles. I combined them in a way that the square format (of the tiles and the print itself) is uncomfortably transversed by a semi quarter circular shape.
1x: Was this image part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Add Fuel: This is a new composition, based on the book cover and collector’s edition tiles from the book “Square One”.
1x: When was this piece drawn and created and what materials were used to create this original piece?
Add Fuel: These were each made in early 2018. The original piece is offset print (book cover) and gel ink on ceramic (tiles).
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Add Fuel: I wanted to tie together the book visual and aesthetic with a print. The three different visuals for the cover (printed cover and collector’s edition tiles) also have common elements that connect if places together in a grid. Then I realized that it would be interesting to explore how all these squared visuals and compositions would interact if disrupted by a circular element, thus, breaking free from the square shape.
1x: How long did each of this image take to create from start to finish?
Add Fuel: Overall this was a process that took around 7 days.
1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Add Fuel: With this piece there is an exploration of geometry. Square vs. circular.
1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Add Fuel: I think this print complements the book in an interesting way. It’s square shape, the cover visuals and the spot varnish (present in both the book and print) nicely tie together both objects. It’s an interesting option to the now sold out collector’s edition.
1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Add Fuel: Movement.
1x: What have you been up to over the last few months? Bring us up to speed on how things have been going recently for you since our last release…
Add Fuel: Our last release was around 1 year ago. A lot has happened; murals, quite a lot of studio work, I got to have a piece in the National Tile Museum and I did an amazing project in Lisbon, a very large ceramic tile mural. And now this, my first book.
1x: Any recent shows or exhibitions that you had?
Add Fuel: The most recent show is Tanto Mar at MUDE Museum in Lisbon (a ceramic piece with nearly 100 hand painted tiles). And I’ve been doing some smaller murals; doing a lot of studio time and preparing the rest of 2018 which is looking like an awesome year.
1x: What are some of the ways you have been trying to push yourself with your work over the last year?
Add Fuel: It’s always complicated to work with squares as a base. I keep on tying to re-invent the square. This is a not something from last year only. This is something I this I will always have to deal with. But I like it. Keeps my sharp and constantly thinking about new ways to apply my work.
1x: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Add Fuel: I got the Faile Stages show print.
1x: Do you have any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Add Fuel: I do have some very interesting things coming up, but still not locked down, so I can’t share right now.