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Nicholas Fraser
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Flatbush



ARTIST STATEMENT:

Nicholas Fraser creates installations, videos and sculpture.

He explores our compulsion to communicate and the gap between what we intend to say and what's expressed.

Often site specific and highly ephemeral, his work draws connections between histories and issues of the moment, making us aware of our position in a wider continuum.

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  • OCT 16 2015 SAYNEJAYNE from Left Hanging series
    2016
    hand-cut black tyvek
    84" in diameter
    Left Hanging quotes unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites. These failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into various materials, the letters left attached and dangling. The

  • JUL 14 2012 LIKEATRAIN (MastMast) from Left Hanging series
    2017
    hand-cut banner
    60 x 75 x 75"
    Quoting unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites, these failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into printed banners advertising events pulled from fences in Brooklyn and Queens,

  • OCT 11 2015 JJ from Left Hanging series
    2017
    hand-cut black tyvek
    42 x 92"
    Left Hanging quotes unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites. These failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into various materials, the letters left attached and dangling. Often h

  • 8 28 2015 BUBBLY (Soca Gold) from Left Hanging series
    2017
    hand-cut banner
    60 x 88"
    Quoting unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites, these failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into printed banners advertising events pulled from fences in Brooklyn and Queens,

  • DEC 28 2015 CHELPIE from Left Hanging series
    2017
    hand-cut black tyvek
    42 x 70"
    Left Hanging quotes unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites. These failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into various materials, the letters left attached and dangling. Often h

  • AUG 10 2015 SMARTMOUTH1 (Sudden Death) from Left Hanging series
    2017
    hand-cut banner
    60 x 88"
    Quoting unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites, these failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into printed banners advertising events pulled from fences in Brooklyn and Queens,

  • APR 11 2015 NIGHTBLOOME from Left Hanging series
    2017
    hand-cut black Tyvek
    42 x 68
    Unanswered messages sent on internet dating sites, hand cut into delicate sheets of black Tyvek, the letters left dangling. Hung away from the wall, casting shadows more legible than the object itself

  • All Consuming
    2015
    cedar, steel and birdseed on Randall's Island
    18' high, each arrow: 24 x 92"
    A variation of a city distance sign, with two critical deviations: the cities named are extinct and the texts are edible cakes of birdseed.

  • Branding Project #4: I swear somewhere the truth lies within this wood
    2012
    50 split firewood chunks branded with SPAM subject lines
    Anonymous authors produce grammatically suspect passages and curious wordplay with unintended messages about contemporary relationships, failure, consumerism and mortality

  • Nevsky Prospekt
    2012
    38 chalk installations, St Petersburg
    four sequential views of one installation. white chalk texts in the courtyards and alleys of Saint Petersburg

  • Branding Project #2 - the island holds a press conference
    2011
    9 fire-branded tree stumps on Governors Island
    Nine stumps in a regularly spaced row on the grassworks around Ft Jay form a slow sequence of statements as the viewer walks past. The text imagines the island's voice, in a moment of self reflec

  • Branding Project #3 - future history
    2011
    14 fire-branded tree stumps on Governors Island
    Each stump pairs a past or current use of the island with uses proposed for its future. Equal weight is given to farcical and cynical offerings, whether historic or proposed.

  • Extra Limb
    2011
    seaweed on gatorfoam
    A site specific installation in a former munitions warehouse on Governors Island in NYC. The text imagines discovering an extra limb and trying to figure out its purpose, a metaphor for the repurposin

  • Extra Limb
    2011
    seaweed on gatorfoam
    A site specific installation in a former munitions warehouse on Governors Island in NYC. The text imagines discovering an extra limb and trying to figure out its purpose, a metaphor for the repurposin

  • Glazing Over
    2010
    clear varnish wall installation(Taller Boricua)
    A transparent text, never entirely visible without shifting position, relates an internal monologue on the common problem of forgetting someone. From an artist's position, such lapses in networki

  • The Paterson Project
    2010
    site-specific chalk installation
    The Paterson Project interwove two distinct sources on the floor of a defunct silk dying factory: interviews with former Paterson factory workers recollecting job processes, labor conflicts and day to

  • The Paterson Project
    2010
    site-specific chalk installation
    The Paterson Project interwove two distinct sources on the floor of a defunct silk dying factory: interviews with former Paterson factory workers recollecting job processes, labor conflicts and day to

  • Forest & Stream (with Heidi Neilson)
    October 25, 2009
    Four images of four site-specific chalk installations
    For one day, at 34 locations, color coded chalk texts describing various types of forest and water features were placed in the approximate location of the now urbanized sites. The texts function as hi

  • Forest & Stream (with Heidi Neilson)
    October 25, 2009
    Six images of six site-specific chalk installations
    For one day, at 34 locations, color coded chalk texts describing various types of forest and water features were placed in the approximate location of the now urbanized sites. The texts function as hi

  • Forest & Stream (with Heidi Neilson)
    October 25, 2009
    site-specific chalk installations
    For one day, at 34 locations, color coded chalk texts describing various types of forest and water features were placed in the approximate location of the now urbanized sites. The texts function as hi

  • Mapping Project #3
    2007
    single channel video
    8 video stills in chronological order (left to right, top to bottom). Hands methodically stack state shaped pieces of paper into a map. The accuracy steadily declines, but the hands patiently persist.
 








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