Nicholas Fraser

Left Hanging

 

solo exhibition at

Rosenberg Gallery

Hofstra University, NY

Sep 21-Oct 26, 2016

 

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. On delicate sheets of black Tyvek, these same messages are stretched and twisted, the hanging letters quivering with any movement of air. 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.

Left Hanging

 solo exhibition at Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, NY, Sep 21-Oct 26, 2016

 

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. On delicate sheets of black Tyvek, these same messages are stretched and twisted, the hanging letters quivering with any movement of air. 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.