The current exhibition of Scott Fraser’s art - Outside the Box, is a cleanly painted surreal treat of realist twists. Scott has married still-lives of household items, hands and common objects into wonderful feasts. Witness those little Goldfish crackers getting their comeuppance in the beautiful piece, above. Complete with working sketches for many of the finished oil paintings, this is a very satisfying and worthwhile show. See the below images for some detail and a sketch of the table and dishes being speared by arrows.
Through February 2, 2013, at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco.
“Inspired by art history, particularly the still lifes of Dutch artists from the 16th and 17th centuries, Fraser mixes a classical approach to painting with contemporary subject matter and innovative compositions. He incorporates historical vanitas symbols such as skulls, peeled lemons, and butterflies, and juxtaposes them with whimsical found objects like flying goldfish, matchboxes, and popcorn. Fraser is interested in finding the “common quality” of simple objects while constructing compositions that are carefully planned through the staging of objects, preparatory sketches, and studies. In Pickle-ickle (below) Fraser depicts a speared cornichon pickle on a prong of an ornamental fork being balanced between the fingers of a disembodied hand inspired by the quirkiness of objects found in his home. This desire to blend art historical interests with contemporary motifs can also be seen in paintings like Goldfish Arc (very top). Fraser blends traditional catenary curves with a line and goldfish crackers. A catenary curve is the arc a string will make if held on both ends and allowed to fall, and many artists throughout art history have included it in their works, including Jasper Johns, who used the curve in more than eighty pieces.” – Via Jenkins Johnson
Link to Scott’s website