The sixteenth presentation in the ARTMATTERS series focused on contemporary art, this exhibition surveys a range of John Fraser’s exquisitely crafted objects, drawn from the McNay’s collection, the artist’s studio, and select museum collections. Fraser makes quietly compelling, intellectually focused works, taking the form of three-dimensional sculpture or two-dimensional collage, or straddling between the two. Characterized by meticulous fabrication techniques and subtle surface details, Fraser’s art effortlessly moves from being image-oriented to wholly abstract, as well as teetering between image and abstraction.
Works included in the exhibition were made over the past 25 years. Marker, from 2001, was purchased for the museum by the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum in 2005, and subsequently additional works were added to the collection. Composition of Rectangles, 2004-05, typifies the artist’s subtly beautiful collages.
ARTMATTERS 16: John Fraser is accompanied by an illustrated gallery guide.