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Jean Alexander Frater

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Tucson, AZ

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2006, MFA
University of Dayton, 1994, BA

conceptual, performance, mixed-media, abstract


My work is about the dissemination, reduction and translation of meaning.  In postmodernism we can think about the over-saturation of imagery, paradoxically acting as the diluting agent of meaning (think about Warholian Marilyns; or, more recently, the selfie.  On the other hand, in modernism, we can see the other side of the pendulum swing, as pure reductive thought leaves the individual problematically isolated.   In a more Aristotelian fashion, I am curious about finding the balance, but more than that, I look for the swerve: the thing that happens during any kind of translation, where the pure form or idea is slightly changed.  I think of this space as ripe for different possibilities of meaning; and in my work this often happens when the concept is enacted, or performed.  Process, time and the body are often strategies I employ to work out ideas.  I like the slight transformations of an idea, which  propel it out of its original skeptical destiny, to something more natural, more interesting, more reflective of how we are concretely and perceptually connected to our world and others.


Jean is a multidisciplinary artist who lives with her family in Chicago.  Jean graduated with a BS in Philosophy, and received her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.   Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Wexner Center for Arts in Columbus, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the Images Festival in Toronto, Possible Project Space in Brooklyn, the Big Screen Project in New York, GuestSpot in Baltimore, the Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, and the Kulturhuset in Stockholm.  Jean has had solo exhibitions at Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio; SpaceCamp MicroGallery, Indianapolis, IN; Office Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada; and Gallery C at the Cleveland State University, OH.  



School of Art Institute of Chicago, MFA
University of Dayton, BA, Philosophy

Selected Exhibitions (*solo)


Gallery Artists Group Show, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL
Selfie, curated by Rod Malin, Guest Spot, Baltimore, MD
Contemplating Perception , curated by Nathan Torrence, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

*Out of Line, curated by Flounder Lee, SpaceCamp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

Strange Magic, curated by Skye Gilkerson, Guest Spot, Baltimore, MD
You First, curated by Dalibor Polivka and Robert Mintz, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Full Screen, The Big Screen Project, curated by David Andrew Frey, Public Plaza at the Eventi Hotel, New York, NY
Festival of the Moving Image, Ybor Art Gallery, curated by Parallel Studios, Tampa Bay, FL

Exquisite Corpse, SPOKE, Chicago, IL
Currents, produced by Parallel Studios: Mariannah Amster and Frank Ragano, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM
Storyline Transports: Shadow and Light Festival, curated by Jung A Woo and David Prince, Experimental Station, Chicago, IL

A Night of Short Films, curated by Jazz-minh Moore, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Sceneriette, curated by Trevor Reese, PossibleProjects, D.U.M.B.O, NY

TWOSIDEDNESS, curated by Sandra Weil, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

*So Long, The Office Gallery, Curated by Emily Luce, Lethbridge, Canada, 2007
The Dream, The subconscious…, Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy
Short Film and Video Showcase, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
All that is Solid Melts into Air, curated by Emma Belasz, Chashama, New York, NY
Effimero Meraviglioso, Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy

*Time Flies, Spaces Gallery, SpaceLab, Cleveland, Ohio, 2006
48 Hours, BK Smith Gallery, Ohio,
Goods To Declare, curated by Sandra Weil, Bezalel 100/Terminal 1, Tel Aviv, Israel
Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Music, curated by David Wells, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery,New York, NY
Arts Collinwood Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Quality Project, Public Art Installation, Euclid Avenue Storefronts, Cleveland, Ohio

*It’s Meant to Be, Gallery C, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Nuclear Family, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH
Las Vegas Art Center, Las Vegas, NM
Brooklyn’s Finest Festival, curated by David Wells, Brooklyn, NY

Recent Exhibits

Jean Alexander Frater participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2013 Contemplating Perception
Las Manos Gallery
Dec, 2011 Strange Magic
Guest Spot
May, 2011 Full Screen: A Selection of Time-Based Works from Culturehall Artists
The Big Screen Project
6th 2014 Showcase Entry


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