New York Critical Review

Forth Estate Editions

By Arvin Ferrell

January 3, 2007

The young print publishing duo “FORTH ESTATE” founded by Luther Davis and Glen Baldridge made its debut exhibition with a showcasing of its editions to date at Klaus von Nichtssagend in Williamsburg. Among the grouping were Klaus regulars like Ian Pedigo with an innovative work titled “2006? that, like much of FS’s projects, stretches the limits of what we usually think of as a screenprint -with such elements as hand torn garment pattern paper collaged on bookboard… probably a bit too variant to be considered an edition by armory standards, but that’s why it’s on the other side of the river I guess.

Other high marks include Elise Ferguson’s “Foil Red” a sexy foil hot-stamped print in glistening metallic red that bears her trademark matrical tile-like patterns. I hear that it also comes in a dark brown for those with a more severe attitude.

On the other end of things, which has to be the most hideous and probably the most intriguing of anything on the wall is that of Carter Mull (Rivington Arms) with his “Political Thinking” ..silkscreen and hand painting on imitation Pucci fabric. -OK, Though usually known for his photographic work of elaborately constructed planar detritus and party aftermath, the same repressed social deviance and implied sexual violence finds a less subtle form in a setting that is typically a more dry and less saturated version of the real thing, but that could be said for almost everything that FS has put out in there one year of operation, which is no small achievement in numbers alone.

They seem to be doing some of the most inventive screenprint work in the city and seem to have a good idea for who they plan on getting into their shop, whether they be lesser knowns or the more established Columbia 1st Gen’s.. like Tim Lokiec (LFL.. I mean (Zach Feuer)).

In any case, all of you young collectors moving into those new hi-rise apts. along the Williamsburg waterfront take note: These are cheap! -and you’ll be looking to save a buck after dishing it out on those city-view units.