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John Fraser

 

 

For an extended period of time, my work has addressed the basic tenets of structure, surface, form, material and facture that, I believe, are central to being a maker of things. I remain interested in the formal relationships that exist between one thing and another and of many things in concert and I attempt to reconcile these concerns in a restrained, suggestive and disciplined way.

Exhibitions in the past have included: Accumulations, Object Lesson: Continuations & New Combinations, More and Less, Close Values, In Reserve, What Time Can Tell, About Place, Material Issue, and Neutral Value; all of which reflect the concerns mentioned above as does this exhibition: The Built Form.

Geometry has assisted in the organization of my compositions, and for me, a way to negotiate the process and control the passage of time. I employ found objects in my work because they are part of the world, and possess a very real, latent energy. Working with found material involves a personal, critical act of selection.

My objective continues to be offering to the prospective viewer an object worthy of study and reflection, to make something that can arrest time and to offer a place for contemplation.

John Fraser
January, 2012

 

 

 


"Tan Verticals"
Acrylic and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Construction
8.5" x 8.625" x 1.125", 2008

 

     

 

LESSONS LEARNED III
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Four (4) “Tablets” and
Acrylic on Wood Shelf Construction. (5-parts total) Includes Wall Cleat
20” x 26.25” x 5.25” (overall, when installed) (“Tablet” dimensions vary)

 
     
 
                 

COLUMNS II
2013
Series of eleven (11) collages, but available individually.
Titles: X, A, W, T, VII, XI, V, IV, III, II, I (collaged on face of each collage)
Each: Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Hand-made Paper.
Each Collage: 12” x 12” Framed dimensions: 16.5” x 16.5” x 1.25”
Frames:White Lacquer with Protective Clear Coat, Strainer . Includes Wall Cleats.

           
               

THE CONFINES OF CONSISTENCY
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Eight (9) Wood “Tablets” and
Acrylic on Wood Shelf Construction. (10-parts total) Includes Wall Cleat
22.5” x 72” x 5.75” (overall, when installed)

                                         

BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT
2013 (diptych)
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Constructions.30” x 32” x 2.25” (overall) Includes 2 Wall Cleats

           
 

RAIN IN THE JORDAAN
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction
40” x 40” x 2.25” Includes Wall Cleat


The Politics of Erasure
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction.
19.5" x 19.5" x 1.5" Includes Wall Cleat


Upon Further Review
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction.
15.25" x 16.25" x 1.5" Includes Wall Cleat


Building Clarity
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction.
15.25" x 15.25" x 1.75 ” Includes Wall Cleat


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OAXACA COLUMN IV
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Hand-made Paper.
Collage: 20” x 20” , Mounted to 8-ply Rag: 40” x 30” (prior to framing)
(light green)

OAXACA COLUMN III
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Hand-made Paper.
Collage: 20” x 20” , Mounted to 8-ply Rag: 40” x 30” (prior to framing)
(beige tabs)

           


ROOM WITH A VIEW
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction.
30” x 30” x 2.25” Includes Wall Cleat

 

OAXACA COLUMN II
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Hand-Made Paper.
Collage: 20” x 20” , Mounted to 8-ply Rag: 40” x 30” (prior to framing)

 

OAXACA COLUMN I
2013
Graphite, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Collage on Hand-Made Paper.
Collage: 20” x 20” , Mounted to 8-ply Rag: 40” x 30” (prior to framing)

 
 

 

           
 
                                                                         
                   
                   
                                                                         
 
                                           
               
 
"Fragment (Bolivar)"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction with Found Object
60" x 45" x 2.25" (2 parts), 2011
             
                                                                         
     


(detail)
                     


(detail)
         
"Standard I (light grey)"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction with Found Rule
100 " x 7.6.25" x 2.25" (2 parts), 2011
"Standard II (beige)"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction
97" x 7.625" x 2.25" (2 parts), 2011
       
       
 


(detail)
         


(detail)
       
"Standard III (charcoal & tan)"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction
with Found Object
87" x 5.75" x 2.5" (2 parts), 2011
         
"Standard IV (cream)"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction
with Found Rule
80" x 7 " x 2" (2 parts), 2011
       
       
       


(detail)
                     
"Standard V (medium grey)"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction
with Found Object
67" x 6.75" x 2.5" (2 parts), 2011
 
 
         
"Two Forms (open & closed)"
Waxed Tin, Waxed Wood Found Embroidery Hoop (acrylic on fabric), Waxed Steel Hook.
(3 parts)
11.25" x 4" x 1.75", 2007
"Grey Composition with Bound Horizontal"
Mixed-Media Collage on
Wood Panel Construction
12 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 1 1/4", 2011
       
             
               
"No Title (from Anya)" (In Two Parts)
Found Object/Handmade Leather & East Indian Loose-Leaf Paper Journal/Ink & Wax on Cotton on Welded Steel Shelf with Nickel Finish
Surface: 5" x 8" x 7", Shelf: 5" x 16", 2010

"Remembering Monte Alban" (In Two Parts)
Linoleum on Wood/Acrylic on Cardboard/Waxed Wood/Welded Steel Shelf with Nickel Finish
Surface: 5" x 14" x 4", Shelf: 5" x 16", 2010

 

     
       
     
     
 

"No Title (Collar Piece)"
2 Shirt Collars with Button-Tabs, Elastic Banding, Welded and Waxed Steel Frame
2.5" x 11.75" x 2.25", 2001

"Catch & Release" (In Two Parts)
Wax on Stained Wood Forms/Waxed Wood/
Welded Steel Shelf with Nickel Finish
Surface: 6" x 6" x 5", Shelf: 8" x 7", 2010
       

 

 

 

 

 


   
 
"Middle Third" (in studio)
Graphite and Acrylic on Collaged Papers and Fabric Tag, Mounted to Wood Panel, Waxed Steel Shelf
26" x 27.5" x 2" (Including steel shelf) (2 parts), 2006-07
 
                                     
   
   
   

"HUDSON" (From the installation: 'CRITICAL MASS')
25 Startched Linen Collars/Antique Buttons/Hand-Brazed Brass Brackets
43"h x 54"w x 7"d, 2005
   
                                     
   
   
   

"Ouray" (In Two Parts)
Waxed Aluminum/Waxed Wood Architects Caliper
24"h x 90"w x 2", 1997

   
                                     
           


(detail)
     
                       
"Vertical with Two Blue Lines" (in studio)
Mixed Media Collage on Canvas Panel
96.50" x 7" x 1.75", 2009
                 
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"Composition with Two Similar Forms II "
Mixed Media Collage on Paper, on Panel
10.25" x 8.75", 2009

   


"Westport Island Memory "
Mixed Media Collage on Paper, on Panel
10.25" x 12.75", 2009

   
                               
                                     
                       
     
   
                               
     
"Form with Suggested Content "
Mixed Media Collage on Paper
37" x 29" framed, 1992
   
"Corridor" (in studio)
Mixed Media Collage on Canvas Panel
45.5" x 23", 2009
                               
     
                               
     
"Guild" (in studio)
3-part, Mixed Media Collage on 2 Canvas Panels, with Found Object
12" x 38.50" x 1.25", 2009
                               
     
                 
             
     

"(In The) Absense of Rhetoric "
Mixed Media Collage on Canvas Panels (diptych) 48" x 24", 2009
     

"Ledger (revised)"
Mixed Media Collage on Paper and Linen-Panel
36" x 26.25" x 1.75", 2009
 
                               
           
     
"Type-cast"
2-part, Mixed Media Collage on Canvas, Found Embroidery Hoop, and Found Object
24" x 44" x 4", 2009
                                 

 

 

 

 


"U-U"
Graphite, Acrylic, Mixed Media Collage, on Wood Construction
11.375" x 7.625" x 1", 2007

"Cut Away"
Graphite, Acrylic, Mixed Media Collage, on Wood Construction
17.5" x 11.125" x 1", 2007

 

 

 

     
   
 
       
         
       
       
     
 
       
 
"Waiting/Hoping (Am)" (in studio)
Graphite and Acrylic on Collaged Papers
16.625" x 16.125" (image), 40" x 32" (board), 2003
 

 

 

   

"Revision"
Graphite, Acrylic, Mixed Media Collage, Nails on Wood Construction
16" x 16 " x 1.375", 2007

 

 




   
   
"The Distance Between (Height and Width)"
Acrylic/Wax on Wood Construction
65.18" x 65.18" x 2", 2004
   

 

 

"AM"
Lithograph Edition of 36 #12/36
Paper Size: 31.5" x 22.875"
 

"No Title (5 by 8)" (in studio)
Graphite/Acrylic on Tags(Collaged Papers)
29" x 29" Framed, 2004

 

 

 


"Long Division "
Acrylic and Wax on
Wood Construction
48" x 24" x 2", 2003

 

 

 
     

 

 

 

"No Title (Cove Group RM II)"
Graphite/Acrylic on Collaged Papers
20" x 16" x 8" Ply Board Size, 2003
"No Title (Cove Group RM XVI)"
Graphite/Acrylic on Collaged Papers
20" x 16" x 8" Ply Board Size, 2003
"Another After"
Graphite/Acrylic on Collaged Papers
20" x 16" x 8" Ply Board Size, 2003
   
 
 
 
"No Title (veiled formality)"
Acrylic on Stitched Canvas/Starched Formal Linen Tuxedo Collar
18.5" x 18.5", framed 1995
"No Title (top, center, bottom)"
Acrylic on Stitched Canvas/3 Starched Linen Choir Boy Collars
18.5" x 18.5", framed 1995
   

 

 

 

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