Chicago

John Fraser

Roy Boyd

Up, down, left, right—the seeming inexhaustibility of the possible formal (and even psychological and emotive) variations in the geometric structure of the grid is what maintains its curious hold on our consciousness. John Fraser functions as a kind of grid antiquarian, embellishing nascent grids discovered in found objects, elevating the salvaging of spent cultural artifacts above mere nostalgia by virtue of the undimmed pertinence of the geometric play embedded in them.

In most of his recent work Fraser uses old books as his primary source material. It is solely the physical structure of these artifacts that interests him; in no instance here do we have any way of knowing which volumes he deconstructs. He removes all text, all the pages, leaving only the books’ front and back covers and the spines that join them. He then mounts these emptied vessels onto a wood construction so that the

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