Peter Fraser extract from my Pollock Krasner Foundation Award Proposal 2020

The ten images presented here form a body of work I have grouped under the title Lacuna. Although I prefer not to talk explicitly about the aesthetic aspects of my photographs, but rather choose to them to stand for themselves, either in isolation or in relation to each other, I would like to sketch out how they came into…

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The Things That Count

Amy Sherlock on Mathematics for Camden Arts Centre File Notes 120

I have a very clear memory, as a youngish child, of watching, one Saturday morning, a television programme about quantum mechanics. I must have been up too early for cartoons and caught the end of one of those shows, broadcast at insomniac hours, which The Open University used to screen on the BBC. The programme described a thought experiment….

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David Campany; Nothing has changed. Everything has changed. Stray thoughts on Peter Fraser’s ‘Mathematics’

For his latest series of photographs, Peter Fraser has been following the notion that the universe is governed by laws and principles that can be described mathematically. This notion is not new. It preoccupied Lucretius, Aristotle, Pythagoras, and later Galileo. In our own time, as Fraser himself has noted, Max Tegmark, a Professor of Physics at M.I.T. has proposed…

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Renewed Two Blue Buckets

Peter Fraser and David Campany in Conversation 2017

David: Peter, many of the British books of colour photography that were published in the 1980s depicted worlds that now seem quite dated (few things date with greater piquancy than the colours of the new consumerism that was redefining British culture back then). The books of that era by Martin Parr, Paul Reas and others are time capsules. This…

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There’s this Green shed right?

Gerry Badger - Two Blue Buckets, Peperoni Press, 2017

Perhaps more than any other visual medium, photography presents a fundamental paradox, a dichotomy between the literal and the poetic. In its purist form, so-called ‘straight’ photography, because it is apparently the least mediated of mediums, it begins with the literal, and for many people, those not wholly in tune with photography’s subtleties, it also ends with the literal….

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Glimmers of Perfection for ‘Mathematics’ publication

Mark Durden

To write about photography involves an act of translation – one comes up again and again when trying to write about photography with the strong sense of an unbridgeable gap between the words we use and the photographs we seek to describe, interpret, appraise, define. Lost for Words, the title for Peter Fraser’s 2010 work in Wales, his place…

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Eventually, Everything, Connects

Gerry Badger, 'Peter Fraser', Nazraeli Press 2006

Because all knowledge is assimilated to the object, as the power or genius of nature is ecstatic, so must its science or the description of it be. The poet must be rhapsodist – his inspiration a sort of bright casualty: his will in it only the surrender of the will to the universal Power. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Everything in…

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A Liberation From the Ordinary, Tate Etc, Issue 27

John Burnside

By John Burnside A Liberation From the Ordinary Peter Fraser at Tate St Ives — a basket of crayons, a colourful conch, a pile of berries, two blue buckets on the floor. Peter Fraser’s photographs of everyday objects, interiors and scenes, many of which will be included in Tate St Ives’s forthcoming exhibition, may look simple enough, but for…

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Shadow Waltz

Brian Dillon

‘I aspire to the object, to the blessing of matter and opacity.’ –E. M. Cioran, A Short History of Decay If this is a city, as the title of Peter Fraser’s new series of photographs tells us, what kind of city might it be? One answer comes from the artist himself, who points in terms of inspiring analogues to…

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The Secret Life of Objects

Diane Smyth

Peter Fraser’s A City in the Mind is an enigmatic journey into a vision of London buried within everyday life in the city, finds Diane Smyth At the end of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, the explorer Marco Polo explains to Emperor Kublai Khan that he cannot draw a route or set a date for landing at New Atlantis, Utopia,…

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Lost for Words

Mark Durden

Lost for words? the question comes as somewhat of a taunt to those who might want to write about Peter Frasers photography. The words address us directly, in the cartoon speech bubble added to a colourful and illusionistic postcard of goldfish, which Fraser has photographed. Another speech bubble bears the Welsh words for the English question: chwilio am eiriau?…

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Tiny Jubilations

Johanna Burton

Imagine an artist who was always, spiritually, in the condition of the convalescent…Now convalescence is like a return towards childhood. The convalescent, like the child, is possessed in the highest degree of the faculty of keenly interesting himself in things, be they apparently of the most trivial. Let us go back, if we can, by a retrospective effort of…

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Peter Fraser: Oxford University Residency

Text by Peter Fraser

Crossing the Sahara In the autumn at the age of nineteen, I arrived at Manchester Polytechnic to study photography, having had an unnerving three months previously studying Civil Engineering at Hatfield Polytechnic and discovering that it wasn’t for me. In those liberal times and with a generous student grant, I spent a great deal of time travelling in the…

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Peter Fraser by David Chandler

David Chandler

Although, oddly, it has no title and the new work it presents is similarly unnamed, Peter Fraser’s sixth book is an emphatic statement in more ways than one. Most immediately, the book – published and beautifully produced by Nazraeli Press – is the artist’s largest to date. Coming in at 360x360mm, it’s the size and weight of the average…

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Michael Bracewell on Peter Fraser

Michael Bracewell

“The simple things you see are all complicated.” —Substitute, The Who, 1966. The modern landscape is filled with strange configurations of materials:industrial detritus, litter, the ragged ends of technology, machines and cables, gaping wounds in the fabric of construction, their edges sealed with chemical puss. These are the details we seldom notice, but which catch our eye from time…

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Interview for Foam Magazine, Amsterdam

Rachel Withers

Interview With Peter Fraser, Rachel Withers For Foam Magazine, Amsterdam Rachel Withers: This is fantastic stuff, Peter. It’s greyish-white and it looks like it’s solid and slightly springy… Peter Fraser: Which it is. RW: …but at the same time it’s greasy, it’s gloopy! It describes its previous liquid state so vividly. PF: It’s very special! RW: It’s definitely abject!…

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Deep Blue and Material for EXIT Magazine

Peter Fraser

Around 1993 I realized I had not been able to forget a particularly memorable scene from one of the great films made by Stanley Kubrick, namely ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’. In this scene, we see ‘HAL’ the mainframe computer lipreading with it’s ‘eye / lens’, two of the astronauts on the spaceship plotting to subvert HAL’s increasingly controlling behaviour…

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A City in the Mind, Photoeye, New York

Reviewed by Adam Bell

Reviewed by Adam Bell A City in the Mind Photographs by Peter Fraser SteidlBG, 2012. Hardbound. 80 pp., 50 color illustrations, 11-1/4×12-1/2″. Photography is one of the most alchemical of the arts. Beginning with the world as it is, photography can transforms even the most mundane details into something beautiful, strange or perplexing. More often than not it can…

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