A Photo-Kaleidoscopic Exploration
About this piece:
I’m using the idea of the kaleidoscope as a metaphor for interacting with the unfolding and seeming rearrangement process of seeing into what is there before us. The geometry behind the kaleidoscope can break up something simple like a flower into a complicated pattern. It can also generate something very symmetrical from what seems to be a mass of confusing branches. The literal unfolding of the images refers to the process of looking and the experience of perceiving the unfolding of the space.
The images are printed on Moab Entrada Rag Bright 190. The binding is adapted from Daniel Kelm’s wire edge binding technique using brass rods held by tyvek tapes.
All of the images in this book were found while staying close to home during the pandemic of 2020. Every day, I have been walking in a small natural area nearby. It’s not as heavily used as larger parks, so it’s easier to keep your distance from others. Sometimes, stepping off the trail to avoid being closely passed by someone, I found myself surrounded by a jumble of limbs and leaves. After quietly looking for a while, though, what seems a jumble can begin to open up, to unfold, and organize itself. Things fall into place and you get the feeling that though nothing has changed, you’re now seeing what was really there all along. It seems significant that these thoughts emerged when I stepped off the trail into a place surrounded by everything that usually is passed by in the act of walking. The experience can be a pathway itself leading to thoughts about complication and simplicity. So it was when I became enfolded in the woods that I perceived the space of the woods unfolding to me.
paper, ink, brass, tyvek, magnets, thread, cloth
About the artist:
Lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jim Frazer is an artist living in Salt Lake City who works with a variety of media and materials. Originally trained as a photographer, his work is mostly involved with translating digital imagery to print or mixed media. Although he has only recently started making artists books, his photographic work is represented in a number of museum collections around the country.