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Chris Fraser: Animated 

When: Thu., Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31 2015
Phone: 415-346-7812
Price: Free
www.gallerywendinorris.com

Everything is Illuminated

We are among those who could travel the world to every single light art festival and still never get enough. Granted, some have been overrun by architectural design firms whose unimaginative use of technology — programmable LEDs, 3D bit mapping — results in this millennium's equivalent to bad neon art. (We're looking at you, Saint-Gobain.) But good light art is, well, dazzling, and true light artists — those who have chosen luminosity as their most basic medium — are relatively few. James Turrell, with his epic pink rooms and his crazy crater in Arizona, immediately springs to mind, but so should Oakland's own Chris Fraser, whose fine artworks, like One Line Drawing and Developing a Mutable Horizon, can conjure the organic striations of a cliff face as well as the future of time travel in just a few masterful strokes. His solo show Animated promises a group of kaleidoscopic light-activated sculptures made from perforated metal. By description, they sound more in keeping with the kinetic work of Bauhaus bigwig László Moholy-Nagy than anything we've seen him do, but we've learned never to underestimate Fraser after his 2013 interpretation of a pinhole camera left us utterly giddy.

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