Chris Fraser‘s interdisciplinary practice includes photographs, installations, and sculptures that employ a range of imaging techniques, including the viewers’ own modes of observation within physical space. For his immersive installations, Fraser uses the camera obscura and the notion of “architectures of passage” as initial points of departure, pursuing an experience of light, shadow, and movement that calls attention to the unseen forces in everyday phenomena and the complex networks of relationships in nature. Using simple tools and materials, he invites viewers to speculate about how technology alters and amplifies one’s senses and one’s visceral experience of being in the world, as well as the ways that humans relate to one another.
Fraser received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, California. His work has been exhibited in a recent solo exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, as well as at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Highlight Gallery in San Francisco; the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon; and the Palazzo Bembo as part of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Fraser has been featured in Modern Painters, Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, Fast Company, ArtSlant, and SquareCylinder, among other publications. He was a recipient of the Jay DeFeo MFA Prize in 2010 and was awarded a Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation in 2014. He has participated in the Graduate Fellows Program at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, California. Fraser lives and works in Oakland, California.