Magazine article Southwest Art

Contemporary Realism

Magazine article Southwest Art

Contemporary Realism

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COVER ARTIST SCOTT FRASER'S BRAND OF CONTEMPORARY REALISM MAY SEEM A FAR CRY from the 17th-century realism of Jan Vermeer or even the 20th-century realism of Edward Hopper. Yet Fraser's CANNED CHILES echoes these artists' depiction of the stuff of everyday life-picture Vermeer's maid with a milk jar or Hopper's couple at the diner counter. As we view the tin can and the peppers, we ponder their meaning and significance and wonder what story lies behind this pairing, just as we imagine the thoughts of the maid or the conversation at the diner.

"I love to study and admire historical works. It's good to borrow from them, but they must be changed and revamped to suit this time in which I live," says Fraser, who incorporates such objects as Band-Aids and doughnuts into his symbolic still lifes. In our survey article of nine other contemporary realists, we see further iconic markers of our times-milk cartons, neon signs, gas stations, and televisions. …

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