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Nicholas Fraser

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Studio Location
Forest & Stream (with Heidi Neilson) - 34 installations on 14th street, Oct 25, 2009
Branding Project #2 - 9 fire-branded stumps on Governors Island, 2011
Ground Rules - performance & installation, Nizhny Tagil, Russia, 2012
four sequential images of one installation from Nevsky Prospekt, 38 installations in St Petersburg, 2012
I swear the truth lies somewhere within this wood, 50 split firewood chunks with branded SPAM subject lines, 2012
Artist's Statement

I create text based work in a variety of media, exploring the tenuousness of meaning, frequently using materials of an ephemeral nature. Often site specific and drawing from the history or day to day occurrences of the location, I adopt/adapt a variety of voices and sources for each text: factual, poetic or mundane.

The passage of time is often integral to the completion of each work. The footsteps of the audience transform installations of powdered materials. An initially legible text is altered into a set of purely visual marks and any message is gradually lost. The subject, source and site of each reflects this transience of message.

Other projects depend on natural forces to slowly modify the forms.


Fraser's recent projects include Ground Rules, for the 2nd Ural Biennale and installations for the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg (both in Russia). He was a Sculpture Space resident and a BRIC Media Fellow in 2012 and an artist-in-residence at LMCC’s SwingSpace on Governors Island in 2011.

His work has been featured at Interstate Projects, Flux Factory, Bronx Art Space, Art in Odd Places, La Mama La Galeria, Jack the Pelican and Taller Boricua. He's shown work in Paris, Seoul, Toronto, Cuba and Berlin.

He earned his MFA at SVA and completed a residency at Skowhegan in 2008.