Chris Fraser
February 5 - March 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6 - 8 PM

SF Camerawork is pleased to present Revolving Doors, a new installation by Oakland-based artist Chris Fraser, on view in the gallery from February 5 - March 21, 2015.

For this unique work, Fraser has carefully considered the history, geography, and architecture of SF Camerawork’s gallery in the design of a large, camera obscura-like structure comprised of pivoting doors. The installation is interactive, inviting viewers to enter and manipulate a maze-like configuration mimicking the internal mechanisms of a camera. The structure and its design stand as a metaphor for the rapid demographic changes in SF Camerawork’s immediate Mid-Market neighborhood.

In the artist’s own words: Visitors will rearrange the space as they move through it, altering the architecture for future patrons. The rich and well connected are moving in; the poor and disenfranchised are being kicked out. A city must change to remain vital. But this transition seems particularly cruel. My hope is to highlight this disparity through an architectural intervention.

Chris Fraser, In Passing (2013). Image courtesy of the artist.

Chris Fraser, In Passing (2013). Image courtesy of the artist.

Fraser works in an individualistic and conceptual mode. His practice has its roots in straight photography but is evolving into increasingly theoretical engagements with photographic concepts. Fraser creates relational environments and sculptures in which viewers’ bodies interact with and transform effects of light, and explore the boundaries of action, movement, and perception. A lecturer in the studio art department at Mills College, where he received his MFA in 2010, Fraser participated in the 2013 Venice Biennale, is currently a Lucas Artist Fellow at the Montalvo Arts Cente, and has received the Eureka/Fleishacker Fellowship, artist residencies at Djerassi, KALA, and Headlands, and The Jay DeFeo Prize.

Revolving Doors is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.