Francis Colburn Gallery, February 1–18th
Opening Reception: February 8th, 5–7pm
Gallery talk at 5:30pm
Best known for her sparse use of bright colors in otherwise empty black or white backgrounds, American artist Pamela Fraser takes color as her main subject and tests the logic of established color systems. Featuring efflorescent colors in arrangements that reference industrial paint-chip samples, color wheels and linear diagrams, Fraser’s newest work is inspired by her research in comparative color theory (from philosophy to design to everyday use). The work reflects a particular interest in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Color, which pokes holes in the logical understanding of color. With her resistance to the authority of any single convention, style, or visual code, Fraser examines the various ways that color operates and is operated on. She utilizes heavily imprinted color codes such as a funky Pucci pattern or the Ohio State University football team colors as well as less traditional color combinations. Both approaches explore the indefinable quality of color when it becomes detached from its meaning(s) and inherited logic.
Pamela Fraser is an artist, writer, and curator. In 1988 she received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and in 1992 she earned her MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles. Solo shows include: Golden, Chicago (2010); and 1K Projectspace, Amsterdam (2010); Casey Kaplan, New York (1996, 1998, 2000, and 2007); and Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne (2005 and 2011). Recent group shows include: Pairings: Pamela Fraser, David Wilson, Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Power to the People, Feature, New York, Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, Apex Art, New York, Nostalgia,” Averill & Bernard Leviton A + D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, and New Icon, Loyola University Museum of the Arts, Chicago. Her upcoming shows include Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations), at Gallery 400 in Chicago, which she is co-curating with artist John Neff; and a solo exhibition at The Blaffer Museum at The university of Houston in Houston, Texas.