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Billy Fraser and Simone Mudde, Opticks I, 2023

Billy Fraser and Simone Mudde, Opticks I, 2023

About the work


Photogram on Fuji Crystal Archive DPII photographic paper


40 x 31.1 cm

15 3/4 x 12 1/4 in



The Opticks are the result of a year-long dialogue between Billy Fraser and Simone Mudde around the long periods of experimentation with colour, form and materiality from which their wider bodies of work stem. To construct this series, the artists have moved between Fraser's studio and Mudde's darkroom, producing a series of 11 unique collaborative photograms.


About the artists


Billy Fraser (b. 1995, Bath) lives and works in London, where he gained his BA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include Shattered at Grove, London (2023); and High Treason at Des Bains (2022). Recent group exhibitions include Opticks, Sherbet Green, London (2023); SPRING, The Coal Room, Vienna (2022); City Entwined, Paradise Row, London (2022); Wishbone, a duo exhibition with Mitch Vowles, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London (2021); Solstice Spectrum, The New St Ives School, Cornwall (2021); Old Friends, New Friends, Collective Ending HQ, London (2021); Ancient Deities, Arusha Gallery, Glasgow (2020); and House §1, Collective Ending HQ, London (2020). Fraser is a founding member of Collective Ending, London.

Simone Mudde (b. 1989, Netherlands) lives and works in London. She received her MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2018, and was part of an exchange with the School for Visual Arts, New York, in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include Hyper Nature, Lismore Castle (2023); and Photosensitive, Commonage, London (2023). Group exhibitions include: Opticks, Sherbet Green, London (2023); The Future Archive, Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA), London (2022); City Entwined, Paradise Row, London (2022); Midnight Sun, Black Tower Projects, London (2021); Where You Are Not, Copeland, London (2019); Belfast Photofestival, Belfast (2019); Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2018). In 2019, she was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, exhibiting her work at Leeds Art Gallery, and South London Gallery.

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