ARTIST: Fraser Stewart 

Opening: Friday September 18th 19:00 – 22:00 

Exhibition dates: September 18th – october 16th  

Address: Robert Fruinstraat 35, Rotterdam  

Open: Wed – Sun 12:30 – 17:30 

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  • “On the other side of the canal, two boys are playing a game together with a bottle of coca-cola. Their game is a simple one: place the bottle filled with cola in the middle of the road and wait for the passing cars to hit the bottle, thus causing it to explode.  

    After some time the optimism that started the game has passed, and both boys grow frustrated that the cars are avoiding the bottle standing on the road. One of the boys decides to take matter in his own hands. He takes the bottle from the road and throws the bottle from the side of the road in front of the oncoming cars. The first time is a miss, the bottle bounces of the road avoiding the traffic and skids to a stop on the other side.  

    The boy waits for a pause in the traffic and runs to the other side to collect the bottle. Without hesitation he turns back without observing and launches the bottle back into the road. This time is a direct hit. A BMW comes to a stop a little way down the road. The bottle is gone. The two boys look at each other, speechless they hesitate what to do, stay or leave. 

    The driver of the BMW is a big built, rough looking man, wearing a long black leather coat. He steps out of the car and walks towards the boys. His face says a thousand words. He walks into the middle of the road and picks up a large part of his car which that has broken off and lies on the tarmac. 

    The two boys jump on their bikes and disappear around the corner.” 

    Fraser Stewart, Roofless, 2015. Etching, 73 x 86 cm. (detail)

    All Together Now is proud to present Roofless, the first solo exhibition of Fraser Stewart (UK 1986). Fraser Stewart’s practice involves performance, sculpture, photography and film. The notion of the sublime is continuously present in the work of Fraser Stewart. He exposes his artistic tools, his own physicality and narratives to the laws of physics. 

    Although the sublime is an important notion in the work of the artist, Fraser Stewart is in control of his materials, the events he creates and the natural forces he uses to shape his work. He is the all-seeing director of his narratives and forms, and is able to find a subtle way of balancing his narratives between the tragic and humoristic. 

    Fraser Stewart is a resident at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2014 – 2015). He had performances at museums and institutions throughout Europe and participated in several group exhibitions. Fraser Stewart received his BA with honours at Leeds Met University School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design and got his Masters at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) in Arnhem.

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