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Tribune Article Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005

“John Frame’s meaning of life” By Shirle Gottlieb

The Long Beach Museum of Art starts 2005 with the disquieting  yet soulful “Enigma Variations.”
On view are 45 figurative sculptures created by California artist John Frame over the past 25 years. Each of these iconic works is first hand-carved from wood, then combined with select found objects to depict dramatic scenes that search for the meaning of life.

From the beginning of history, people all over the world have been yearning for answers to the same questions: “who am I, where did I come from, where am I going,” and most significant of all, “why am I here?” Knowing that all living creatures face death, people down through the ages have pondered the meaning of it all: how to understand our brief allotment of time on Earth in relationship to the grand scheme of things. (more…)


January 7 – April 10, 2005 at Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach | by Daniella Walsh

To look at the sculptures and assemblages by John Frame is an encounter with a true individualist, the very thing an artist, ideally, has been and should be. “Enigma Variations: The Sculpture of John Frame 1980-2005,” a retrospective exhibition, shows an artistic evolution that spans Frame’s career as a self-taught sculptor/assemblagist who translates his innermost feelings into polished and craft-conscious, and yet still organic artisanship. From his rough-hewn beginnings, as exemplified in an assemblage of three figures bearing the symbols of a children’s game on their torsos (“To Hear the Siren’s Song and Live”), to recent works such as “As Water is in Water,” Frame has remained true to his aim to create emotionally honest and authentic work, independent of the dictates of trends and fashion. For more than twenty years he has created figurative pieces that eschew abstract and (more…)

Limited Edition Blu-Ray or DVD

We are now offering a Limited Edition of the DVD.  Each disc comes in a sleeve made from recycled materials and has an original drawing by John.  Edition of 100.

DVD Cover 2014 - Version 3

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