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Brian Fridge and his graphite spheres epitomize the rash of rising stars in Dallas' art constellation

Graphite comes off on your fingers, you know.
Graphite comes off on your fingers, you know.
High art or decoration? Considering the innovative way they're made, Fridge's spheres sidestep any definition.
High art or decoration? Considering the innovative way they're made, Fridge's spheres sidestep any definition.

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At the show's opening, Fridge was bombarded with direct questions about his methods, his meaning -- something rare for an art opening (often the artist will stand off to the side while patrons politely, silently peruse the work). "How heavy are they?" "Will the graphite smear if you touch them?" (Now, now.) "Are they coated with anything extra?" "Are they planets?" Fridge stood in the tiny annex room and shyly answered each inquiry as best he could, but his oft-amorphous answers were perfect for this work. Again, a case of humble innovation turned above-and-beyond. It's as though the orbs themselves were saying to him, humming to us, "We are what you need us to be." Ah, the flexible, insidious siblings of his flexible, insidious freezer snow. Stick around, Fridge. We're watching.

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