John Fraser


Material Witness

While I am an artist who works within a number of disciplines, my lens-based work is discrete and addresses the world in the most direct way. The formal and material relationships that exist in my photographs are evidence of the accumulated human contact with the built world, contact that has yielded a unique but shared entropic beauty specific to place.

I am in pursuit of subjects that have a timeless clarity and order. With an economy of means, I attempt to produce photographs that possess a formal rigor while being suggestive. I remain skeptical of special effects, and, as a producer of images, I consider my involvement with the camera a meditative act.

My photographs stem from a minimalist aesthetic. They are simultaneously factual records and abstract construction. I attempt to maintain a balance between my conception of a given subject, its image capture, its subsequent process of development, and ultimately its stasis. The reductive compositions that I have found, and arrested, are equally concerned with the problems of photographic vision, and the perception of concrete reality.

John Fraser works within the disciplines of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. Fraser’s earliest exhibited work was his photography, the primary focus of his practice from the mid-1970’s through the mid-1980’s.  He received a BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His work is currently represented by galleries in Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Munich, Germany, San Diego, CA, , and Fort Worth, TX.

Fraser’s first one-person exhibitions were in 1980, and to date, his work has been featured in one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, in Germany, and in Canada, and in group exhibitions throughout the United States, and in Germany, Spain, England, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, and Iceland. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States, in public collections in Spain, Iceland, and Canada, and in private collections in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and Scotland.

His work has been awarded fellowships and grants from Arts Midwest / National Endowment for the Arts, and The Illinois Arts Council, and he has been an Artist in Residence at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY, at Illinois State University, twice at The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Westport Island, Maine, at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, and at Hafnarborg, The Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Fine Art, near Reykjavik, Iceland. 

As an educator, Fraser has held adjunct studio positions at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. In addition, he has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Colleges and Universities in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, California, Utah, West Virginia, Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, and the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.                                                                                                                                                       

Material Witness images are available as 12 x 16" and 22 x 33½" pigment prints made in editions of 25 + 3 AP's and 10 + 3 AP's, respectively. Pieces are $850 for the small and $2000 for the large.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

John Fraser
Black Void w/ Reflection (Lisbon), 2015
John Fraser
Composition of Rectangles (BWG) (Lisbon), 2015
John Fraser
Stepped Rectangles (Hafnarfjordur), 2015
John Fraser
White Rectangles (Reykjavik), 2015
John Fraser
London Grey (London), 2014
John Fraser
White Square & Rectangles (Barcelona), 2013