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Interview: Nicholas Fraser

Season 3, Ep. 3

In this session, I talk with Nicholas Fraser about his text-based artworks. We focus on Left Hanging, a project where re-purposes his unrequited dating app. intros into ephemeral objects. Love letters like hanging chads cast shadows of conversations that were never properly counted. He spent a great deal of effort crafting these letters, and though they never captured their intended recipient, he found a way to utilize this archive to reach a broader audience. Nicholas’ work for the past decade has focused on the slippages of language, the erasure of meaning, our human desperation to communicate and our dizzying agility at failing at it. But sometimes we succeed, like in this conversation where we get an in-depth look at how Nicholas’ projects evolve and adapt.

As you listen to this, I encourage you to take a look at his website: http://nicholasfraser.com/

Born in the U.K., Nicholas Fraser lives in Brooklyn. Left Hanging was featured in the Spring/Break Art Fair and the 2017 Chashama Gala, as well as in a solo exhibition at Hofstra University's Rosenberg Gallery in 2016. His public sculpture, All Consuming, was commissioned for Randall's Island in 2015, the same year that he participated in the Bronx Museum's AIM program. His video Follow was featured in the 2015 AIM Biennale. A solo exhibition of his work was on view at York College/CUNY in February of 2015. He has also exhibited work at the Drawing Center, Interstate Projects, Dorsky Gallery, Flux Factory, Bronx Art Space, Art in Odd Places, La Mama La Galeria, Jack the Pelican and Taller Boricua. He has participated in residencies at MASS MoCA, Skowhegan, Art Omi, Sculpture Space, LMCC and BRIC. International audiences have seen his work in Paris, Seoul, Toronto, Cuba, Russia and Germany. In 2014 he was awarded a NYFA Fellowship for his ongoing video project about storefronts.

Sampled clips from, in order of appearance, Joe Cocker, Buckwheat Zydeco, Deee Lite, John Lee Hooker, Nicki Minaj (reading Roald Dahl) via Kanye West, Ray Charles via Norah Jones, Dixie Chicks, Jim Croce, Kid Koala (multiple), David Lee Roth via Van Halen, Tom Waits, Scissor Sisters, Jim Croce, Kid Koala.

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