John Fraser: Selected Works in Mixed Media 1992-2013

March 11 – April 6, 2015
Arrowhead Gallery
Another Positive by John Fraser, 2008, Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panel Construction, 22.5” x 22.5” x 1.25”, Works courtesy of the artist and Zolla / Lieberman Gallery, Chicago

John Fraser's Artist Statement:
The works included in this exhibition, while spanning a number of years, address similar concerns. All are “about” form and material, and all are concerned with issues of formality and materiality. Many are reductive in composition, value, and color use. The accumulative nature of my process and the visible evidence of facture are entirely visible, and are evident as possible carriers of meaning.

Architectural references are suggested via structure, shape, texture, balance, union, and the forms themselves. The materials employed come from diverse sources. Collectively, the work does not comment, narrate or declare. The works exist in some ways simply as artifacts of my involvement.

The found materials I have responded to, and put into service, perhaps connect my work to the exchanges that exist between all of us within our shared environment. The other materials, primarily wood and paper, ground it to the natural world. My work aspires to being timeless, and to be able to arrest a potential viewer for an extended period of time. What remains are incident and metaphor– one can be seen, the other being more elusive.

John Fraser works within the disciplines of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. Fraser’s earliest exhibited work was his photography, the primary focus of his practice from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. He received a BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His work is currently represented by galleries in Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; San Diego, CA; Fort Worth, TX and Munich, Germany.

Since 1980, Fraser’s work has been featured in one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany, and Canada. He has participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, England, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, and Iceland. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States; in public collections in Spain, Iceland, and Canada; and in private collections in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and Scotland.

His work has been awarded fellowships and grants from Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts, and The Illinois Arts Council. He has been an Artist in Residence at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY; at Illinois State University; twice at The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Westport Island, Maine; at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska; and in May 2015 at Hafnarborg, The Hafnarfjordur Center of Culture and Fine Art, near Reykjavik, Iceland.

As an educator, Fraser has held adjunct studio positions at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. In addition, he has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Colleges and Universities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, California, Utah, West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, and the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.

Lecture: March 25, 2015 
in the Arrowhead Gallery, Sugar Grove Campus
All our lectures are free and open to the general public.

For more information about the art exhibitions at Waubonsee Community College, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2964.


Art Department:

Art Coordinator:
Cecilia Vargas, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964

Art Lab Assistant:
Esther Espino, Von Ohlen Hall 240
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