Richard Frater Biography

Born 1984, Wellington (NZ). Lives and works in Berlin (DE)

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Richard Frater often begins with the fragility and complexity of life processes –creating artworks that bring visibility to the interactions between organisms and the material world. His works frequently reveal the disruptions and interruptions that humanity and the built environment have brought to these processes.

Frater graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 2006, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Glasgow School of Art in 2012. Significant solo exhibitions include: Off season, Kunstverein München (2023); Common Birds, Oracle, Berlin (2018); Compound series, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017) and Living Cities 2011-, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington (2015). Frater's work has also been included in international exhibitions including: Im Volksgarten, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland (2020); Farewell Photography, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Mannheim (2017); Umwelt Inversion, Galerie Conradi, Hamburg (2016) and Let's Destroy the Earth but Keep Humans, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2014). In 2020 Frater was awarded the Parehuia Artist's Residency at McCahon House, Titirangi.

Text courtesy Michael Lett.

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Social Cryptomnesia by Richard Frater contemporary artwork moving image
Richard Frater Social Cryptomnesia, 2018 two-channel digital slideshow projection, loop
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Stop Shell (ghost fishing version) by Richard Frater contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Richard Frater Stop Shell (ghost fishing version), 2018 Modified recycled jacket; fishing nets and plastics retrieved from ocean; cray sh trap parts
128.5 x 40 x 40 cm
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Stop Shell (oyster Filter version) by Richard Frater contemporary artwork sculpture
Richard Frater Stop Shell (oyster Filter version), 2017 Living oyster, Brita water Filter pitcher, modified oyster shell, marine aquarium, water pumps, chiller, bio-media filter, plexiglass
150 x 40 x 40 cm
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Stop Shell (Live rock version) by Richard Frater contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Richard Frater Stop Shell (Live rock version), 2019 fossilised coral, 3D printed macroscopic graphs, coral organism, marine aquarium, bio-media, plexiglass
146 x 40 x 40 cm
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