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Chris Fraser

September 10th – October 31st, 2015

For Animated, on view from September 10 through October 31, Fraser debuts two bodies of work: a group of light-activated sculptures that invite shifts in sensory and spatial perception, and a complementary series of intricate black-and-white photograms produced in the darkroom using the same sculptural materials.

The sculptures featured in Animated are composed of layered arrangements of perforated metal bordered by luminous glass tubes. Three of these works will hang on the wall like portrait-sized mirrors, and the fourth, the height of a human body, will rest against the wall. The tubes contain five compressed noble gases that create different colors when electricity passes through them: neon is red, argon is blue, helium is peach, krypton is a cool white, and xenon is purple. (Fraser has chosen not to employ the sixth noble gas, radon, because it is radioactive). As the viewer moves around the sculptures, each color emanating through the perforations interacts on the walls and ceilings, forming shifting patterns that seemingly vibrate. These sculptures can only be activated––and therefore fully experienced––by a viewer who is physically present.

The sculptural works in Animated are, in a sense, dependent upon movement, whereas the photographs reflect the utmost stillness. The large-scale photographs are installed vertically, their physical presence reminiscent of pillars or monoliths. Displayed together, they suggest a two-dimensional architectural rendering. Each was created in the controlled environment of the darkroom by shining light directly onto photographic paper through layers of perforated metal sheets to create intricate patterns.

Earlier Event: August 6
Group Hang
Later Event: September 10
Protest Fantasies