ART: Chris Fraser’s light installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

1257pm ART: Chris Frasers light installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
All images are courtesy of Chris Fraser

Last week I met up with a friend and her friends for pub trivia. As in many situations with nice people and libations, the transitive property took effect and soon everyone was friends, including myself and Chris Fraser, local photographer with trivia knowledge like whoa! In conversation Fraser told me that he had just finished an installation that will be opening with Bay Area Now 6 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on July 8, 2011. Awesome!

Fraser’s work uses light fantastically to create environments that approach the virtual. When I first saw these images on Fraser’s iPhone all I could think of was Tron. However, thinking about Fraser’s work as virtual reality is not entirely too far-fetched.

Consider Fraser’s own description of his work in his artist’s statement:

My light installations use the camera obscura as a point of departure. They are immersive optical environments, idealized spaces with discreet openings. In translating the outside world into moving fields of light and color, the projections make an argument for an unfixed notion of sight.

Motion emphasizes the vitality of these projections. Whether through the slow arc of the sun, the kinetic pace of pedestrian traffic, or a sometimes easy pulse of wind, each work responds to an environment in flux.

Using the same means as technology–a camera– Fraser simulates an enviroment where viewers can interact with light. This simulation renders light as an object and affect.

The images below are a preview of what you can expect to inhabit when you view Fraser’s work.

106pm ART: Chris Frasers light installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
530 557 711pm ART: Chris Frasers light installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
506pm ART: Chris Frasers light installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Along with a party platter of other artists including Robert Minervini, Sean McFarland, Suzanne Husky, Chris Sollars, Ben Venom, Allison Smith, and Weston Teruya as well as music and cocktails, Chris Fraser will be debuting his work on Friday July 8, 2010 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission (at Third St.) in San Francisco.

The opening begins at 8pm (and the show continues through Sept. 25). Admission is $12-$15.

Written By,

Mary Smith

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