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PHIL FROST  /  April 20, 2006 – May 20, 2006  /

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Installation View, 2006

April 20 – May 20, 2006
The Jack Shainman gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Phil Frost.
As a self-taught artist who gained wide recognition for his graffiti work very early in his career, Frost makes paintings and sculptures that usually are a result of collaging and layering of images, along with the formation of hand-made, often symmetrical black and white patterns. These patterns, which are created with painstaking detail and using correction fluid as a medium, offer an appearance that oscillates between modernist designs and primitivism, abstraction and representation.
Phil Frost is a highly individual artist whose work brings together aspects of urban culture, abstraction, and design. Of him, Roberta Smith has written: “his paintings and altar like sculptures exude extreme sophistication, specifically a confidant fusion of graffiti, modern art, modern design, and the primitive that influenced so many facets of modernism”.
Frost’s intensive approach toward every object he works on, whether it is the surface of a white canvas or a found object in the streets of New York, invariably result in a dense layering of forms and tightly knitted designs that conform richly complex compositions that engage and change before the eyes of the viewer. Frost’s patterns often appear as arcane codes and a language of its own, composed of symbols such as letters, hearts, dots and mask-like forms. Of his work, the artist has said: “I believe [my work] is indigenous to myself. I believe that within every person there is an indigenous expression of themselves”.
Phil Frost’s highly idiosyncratic work has had a wide recognition both in the contemporary art world and in youth culture, ranging from skateboarding magazines to the music industry. His work has been featured in the exhibitions “Bottle: Contemporary Art and the Vernacular Tradition” at the Aldrich Museum; “The New York Mets and our National Pastime” at the Queens Museum; and “Beautiful Losers” at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, traveling to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Orange County Museum of Arts, Newport Beach, CA and Pennsylvania Academy for the Arts, PA, among others. He has been the recipient of several grants and awards, such as the Tiffany Foundation Grant and the Pollock Krasner Award.

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