Nicholas Fraser

Left Hanging


hand-cut banners

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Quoting unanswered messages I sent on internet dating sites, these failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into printed banners advertising events pulled from fences in Brooklyn and Queens, with the letters left dangling. The banners are usually hung off the wall and lit to cast a distinct shadow. The shadow-texts are often more clearly legible than the object casting the shadow.


The viewer knows nothing of the writer or recipient, though a intimate portrait gradually emerges: a struggling middle-aged creative, whose tireless sense of hope (and humor) belies a weary awareness of the artificial, projected nature of these online communications. Initially intended for a private singular audience, these personal notes are transformed into public shrines to longing.