MIXED MEDIUM: HARRISON DRIGGS FRALEY

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For this installment of Mixed Medium, we’re going inside the workspace of and talking to artist Harrison Driggs Fraley, who will be exhibiting his work at this Friday’s Moving Spaces Show at OAK 910 S. Broadway.

About the artist:
Harrison Fraley, based in Los Angeles, works with pharmaceutical beeswax and processed drawing. Performative and heavy, his pictures carry translucent layers transmitting an elusive, comatose effect, taken as a nod to the formal objectives regarding the ‘act’, process and function of painting. His recent shows include a solo exhibition at Western Canon in Beverly Hills, CA and group shows
in LA and New York.

OAK: Where are you from?
HARRISON DRIGGS FRALEY: I grew up in Studio City, right here in The Valley.

OAK: Whats your favorite food?
HDF: Amir’s Falafel, on Ventura.

OAK: What music are you listening to right now?
HDF: YOB, Midnight, Rectal Hygenics, Origin, Carcass

OAK: Have you had any formal training for your practice?
HDF: Savannah College of Art and Design and Atlanta College of Art down in Georgia.

OAK: Where do you find inspiration and do you have any artists you admire?
HDF: On my desk now I’ve got catalogs and books by Robert Ryman, Steven Parrino, and Judd, all of whom confront formal issues in art. Parrino especially, had a huge impact on me. In order to save painting, he was bent on destroying it. This led to a conceptual approach to making art and how relates my living experience.

OAK: What do you look for in a work space?
HDF: Storage.

OAK: I see you employ a ton of wax in your paintings. How discover wax and how does it benefit your work?
HDF: I was introduced to pharmaceutical beeswax in a materials class early on in school. I dig its immediacy and its ability to hold pigment. Wax is a physical, involved and dangerous process. There’s a lot of chemistry and hot paint that forces me to slow down and relax, which is counter-intuitive.

OAK: Why make work in LA and how do you think LA has influenced it?
HDF: LA is my place to focus. I’ve had some shitty times in nice weather. Makes for better work.

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