Fraser Stables works in photography, video, and installation engaging the relationship between the staged and the documentary, and the way in which those categories can become interdependent. In past works, subject matter such as tattoos, wallpaper, and creased posters are mined for the materiality of the item, as well as the broader implications of elements such as embedded notions of masculinity and markers of national heritage.
Through different subject-types (including modern and vernacular architecture, motorsports, male rock fans, and a depleted mining town) his work engages the provisional nature of everyday performance, systems of aspiration, and the way in which individual identity is grounded in relation to social and cultural systems. His installations establish disjunction between works in order to pry at the narrative frameworks of the subjects.
Fraser Stables is a Scottish artist, currently based in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, where he is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Art at Smith College. He received a BA from Edinburgh College of Art, an MFA from University of Guelph, was an artist in residence at the Core Program (Houston), and also co-founded Atopia Projects, a curatorial and publishing organization of which he is co-director. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Canada, the US, Japan, and Europe.