Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Cameron Perry Fraser: Large String Array

October 2 - December 18, 2020

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

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Cameron Perry Fraser - Large String Array

Twelve hundred piano strings reach from floor to ceiling in Large String Array, transforming the Jack Straw New Media Gallery into an automatic resonant instrument that plays a story of life in a pandemic. An ensemble of twelve discrete voices reverberates throughout the room, each pulled directly from the windows, walls and wires of Cameron's home while sheltered in place. Custom high-gain amplifiers and contact microphones were developed to listen in to faint transmissions of daily life. Large String Array reimagines this cloistered soundscape as a tone poem transfigured through steel wire.

The story of quarantine sounds out through the tension of home when it is both cage and privilege, a refuge coated with a thin membrane of isolation. The early eerie quiet of pandemic gives way to the protests against police violence and systemic racism — the whisper of social distance becomes the screams for social justice. The sounds of stillness and rage and pain join together in this meditation on isolation and solidarity. 

Cameron Perry Fraser is a composer, sculptor, engineer and sound artist who designs handmade acoustic/electric instruments, digital interfaces and sonorous instillations. His work often employs ecoacoustic strategies, indeterminate methods and feedback systems. Cameron is currently a Doctoral Candidate at DXARTS, University of Washington. He received his masters from Columbia University's Sound Arts program and worked at Columbia’s Computer Music Center

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, WA State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities CARES funding, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

This project was produced with additional support from DXARTS.


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Natural Individuals (February 14-March 27, 2020) by Yunmi Her

Golden Lady: A Retrospective into the Life & Loves of Catherine Harris-White to Date (January 31-February 7, 2020)

Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway? (October 4 - December 11, 2019) by Naima Lowe

The Final Image (August 9 - September 20, 2019) by Martin Jarmick

To Take the Shape of the Container (April 5 - June 8, 2019) by Erin Elyse Burns

Piano Drop (February 11 - March 17, 2019)

Silicone Love - Her Garden (September 7-November 9, 2018) by Chun Shao

to drown (June 1-July 13, 2018) by L Koo

Brain Goreng (April 13-May 18, 2018) by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker

blind film (February 9-March 30, 2018) by Sangjun Yoo

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russiani


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Cultural Center, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.



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