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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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In this episode I talk with multi-media artist Moo Kwon Han about his recent exhibition, DRUM, at the Gyeongin Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. To make this work, he was granted access to multiple power facilities, many of them nuclear, all in South Korea. In our conversation we unravel the works in the exhibition, from the initial inspirational image of a detail of yellow drums containing radioactively contaminated clothing – a mere fraction of the total drums in this facility – all the way through to a final musical score that encapsulates both the path and the contents of the exhibition. When we see artworks in museums and galleries, it’s like looking at a lightening strike. We’re amazed by the instantaneous moment and evidence of what was created, but we really don’t understand what went into its making. In our conversation, I draw out the creative path Han followed in constructing Drum. I encourage you to look at his website before listening: https://www.hanmookwon.com/drum.Mookwon Han was born in Gyeongju, Korea, andcurrently lives in New York. He has had solo shows at Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul (2017,2020 forthcoming),Doosan Gallery New York (2009), CUE Art Foundation New York(2009), and Gyeongin (Kyung-In) Art Museum, Seoul (2000, 2019). Han’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Cube Museum, Seongnam;NYMedia Center (2017); The Fondazione Filiberto Menna, Salerno, Italy; Galeria U Jezuitow, Poznan, Poland; Bund18 Creative Center, Shanghai, China; Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea; Nation Centre for Performing Art, Asia Society Mumbai Centre, Mumbai, India; Metropolitan Pavilion, NY; David Zwirner Gallery, NY; Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery/ Asia Society Museum NYC; Unit B Gallery, San Antonio: Hoam Gallery and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul.​Han received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts NYC (2006), attended the Skowhegan School (2008) and participated in residencies at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2015-16), Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture (2013-14), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2011-12), LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island (2010), Art OMI (2009) and CUE Art Foundation(2008) and was a Smack Mellon Hot Pick. He was awarded a Korea Hydro Nuclear Power, Co. andGyeongju Cultural Foundation Grant (2020),Puffin Foundation Grant, and New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts (2009) and joined as a review panelist (2014/2017).