Nicholas Fraser

These banners often feature a dense pastiche of typography and a medley of artist faces printed on the surface. A ‘more is more’ aesthetic guides the designs, with vast quantities of information offered, far more than could be consumed by the passing motorists who constitute the primary audience. All the texts and images remain visible, but the holes and dangling letter-forms disrupt the ability to easily read or interpret any element. Coherence breaks down and the surface buzzes and vibrates.


Overlaying dating site messages onto banners merges two forms of advertising, two carefully crafted projections intent on moving an audience to action. Both undergo a functional shift in the process: the once private messages are writ large and hung for all to see, revelling in a peculiar contemporary phenomenon and its inevitable failures. The banners (having served their initial purpose) remain artifacts of the city’s vibrant cultural landscape but are transformed into something better reflecting the simultaneous nature of that landscape, it’s private layers and public proclamations merged into a singular cacophonous display.

New text-based works quoting unanswered messages sent to women on internet dating sites. These failed efforts to spark a connection are hand cut into various sheet materials, with the letters left dangling.


On found banners advertising reggae and rap concerts, simple blocky paragraphs of text form a visual screen, overlaying and contrasting with the pastiche of typography and the medley of artist faces printed on each.  Hung away from the wall, these drawings cast a distinct shadow, where the text is often more legible than the object casting the shadow.


Initially intended for a private singular audience, these personal and poignant notes are transformed into public shrines to longing. Each is filled with casual autobiographical details, forming an intimate self-portrait, whose tireless sense of hope belies a weary awareness of the artificial, projected nature of these online communications.