“Wish You Were Here” opened last Saturday, running July 2 – August 2, 2010 and is curated by Subtext members Alison Hearst and Leslie Murrell at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. Artists include Vanessa Albury, Coexistent: Nina Barnett/Robyn Nesbitt, Gabriel Dawe, Lanie DeLay, Marita Fraser, Tetsuo Kogawa, Kris Pierce, Chris Sauter, Paul Slocum. and Jeremy Wood.
The press release states that “in this digital age, physical distance is no longer the barrier to communication, research, and collaboration that it once was.” Technology has altered what it means to be present by transcending physical distance with methods such as e-mail, text messaging, and social networking sites. With the decline of one-on-one interactions and the reinterpretation of privacy we are also changing the definition of intimacy in an increasingly virtual world. This show looks at the fact that as our “real-life connections continue to taper, artists are increasingly interested in the growing gap between humans and their immediate, everyday surroundings. Distance is becoming, more than ever, a motivator, medium and subject of artworks”.
“In 50 Works I Have Never Seen”, Marita Fraser reproduces, in slide format, images taken from art catalogues showing works that existed in temporary form or rarely seen archives. Like “The Whole World” this slide show performs the desire that exists through distance. This distance is doubled because the slides are pictures of photographs in books of artworks. The now antiquated technology of slides and the analog form of black and white reproductions in books creates a nostalgic and romantic image of not only the objects but of the medium of their display. This romance is about the materiality of display, evident in the whirring and clicking of the projector and the tangible feel and smell of the books that deliver the hidden artworks that Fraser covets.