[Image: Jean Alexander Frater, Monument 2 (imagined aerial view), 2012, acrylic paint and pencil on canvas, 28" x 36"; © Jean Alexander Frater]
Jean Alexander Frater (b. 1972, Tucson, AZ)
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.
Education: MFA, School of Art Institute of Chicago. BA, Philosophy, University of Dayton.
Jean Alexander Frater was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #3 of the 2014 ArtSlant Showcase series.
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