Oregon Public Broadcasting Video: Sculptor John Frame


Arts and Life: Multimedia Artist John Frame

By Ifanyi Bell | April 20, 2012 | Original article here

John Frame visits OPB and discusses his latest exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

John Frame is first and foremost a sculptor. But like many artists, inspiration can come from a variety of sources. In Frame’s case, it was a very lucid vision which brought him the idea for his latest collection of work, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale.”

“At the end of a nearly five-year blocked period, I had a particularly large download of information that came in the form of… not a dream, but a kind of ‘waking’ dream,” says Frame. One of the works that resulted from this vision is The Tale of the Crippled Boy, a 12-and-a-half minute piece of animation made up of short vignettes. Frame says that this animation has set the stage for something that is ongoing.


John Frame: Three Fragments of a Lost Tale

  • Through May 27, 2012
  • Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland
  • Visit website

“It is our goal to build a feature length set of these vignettes over the coming months,” says Frame on his website.

Frame’s new exhibition at the Portland Art Museum brings together his sculpture, animation and filmmaking into a multimedia experience that has proven to be quite popular. In fact, this month marks Frame’s second visit to Portland in as many months in order to reach more fans.

“The museum added this [trip] because the talks over there sold out right away, so they wanted me to come back up and meet the audience a couple more times.”

To learn more about John Frame, listen to the Think Out Loud interview.

Portland Art Museum II

Here are a few shots of the installation at the Portland Art Museum.  The exhibition runs to May 27.  We have been really pleased with reaction to the work in Portland and everyone at the museum has been superb to work with.  Hope to see you there!

john frame: the devil is in the details

I became still the moment I saw John Frame’s sculpture and video so that I could absorb the details, listen to the music, watch this master at work.  Articulate and accomplished, the California artist’s skills and talents are numerous and noteworthy. Frame carves figures from small pieces of wood, adding found objects, sewing fabric bits for the clothing and sets a stage for the characters to come alive – almost every one of the latest collection of figures is partially or fully articulated. The level of detail in his work is a testament to what can be accomplished through dedication and drive.

(Visit Daily Art Muse)

Sculptures, video tell a ‘lost tale’

John Frame at Portland Art Museum

John Frame: Three Fragments of a Lost Tale, Feb 18th – May 27 th at the Portland Art Museum

Visit the KATU Website to see more.
OR   Read more about the exhibit

Poor Tom Films

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We have just launched Poor Tom Films (meaning we spent 20 Bucks to get the domain name!)   This will be what we call ourselves when we release our films from here on in.  Appropriately, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale,” has been selected for inclusion in this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival and will launch under the Poor Tom Name.  The Santa Barbara festival runs from January 26th through February 6th and has Honorees like Martin Scorcese, Viola Davis and Christopher Plummer this year.   The Seattle screening is on May 24th in the evening.

Our posters for both festivals have been designed by Carey Haskell.



John Frame’s Broken Narrative

Tim Timmerman’s Blog

Current endeavors and thoughts from the journey.

A still of Pere Jules, one of John Frame’s characters for his tale.
While in Los Angeles last summer I discovered John Frame, a sculptor I admired from Southern California, had a new exhibit entitled Three Fragments of a Lost Tale at the Huntington.  I had been introduced to his work through a fellow artist some time ago.  It was a delight of a show.  It was a dive into another world created by the Frame’s hand, and a grin erupted on my face when reading the recent newsletter for the Portland Art Museum. The exhibition is coming to Oregon February 18-May 27.  Don’t miss it.  (Read More.)

Kickstarter Keeps Us Going!


First, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who helped us out with the Kickstarter Campaign.  We raised 126% of our goal and it will be enough to keep us moving into the New Year.  In the meantime, we are actively seeking a person or group to act as Producers of Part II of the Tale.  While it is possible for the project to move forward with just two of us working full time, having a real budget and some additional team members would be a great boost in creating our feature length group of shorts.  If anyone out there knows someone who would like to put some serious money into a project that is almost guaranteed not to make a dime, please let us know!  The plan remains to make each of the shorts available for free on the internet as they are completed.  The ultimate goal will be to find a museum or other institution that will give the entire project, including all of the figures, sets, stage and films, a permanent home.  Can’t hurt to have dreams.

The Most Memorable Art of This Year

Host:  Edward Goldman

I thought it might be a good idea to finish the year by talking about the most memorable, adventurous exhibitions in Los Angeles’ museums and galleries over that last year. (Read More Here.)

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Portland Art Museum

I wanted to let everyone know that “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale,” is slated to travel to the Portland Art Museum in Oregon.  The exhibition will open on February 18, 2012, and runs through May 27, 2012 along with exhibitions of the work of Mark Rothko and Joseph Beuys.  It will have a similar amount of space as the Boone Gallery presentation at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino in 2011 and the body of work will be about the same as what was seen there.  We are absolutely thrilled to have the exhibition going to Portland.  It’s a wonderful museum in a great town. More on this as we move along.  Hope to see you there.

Gabriel von Max at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle

During our recent Northern swing to fish for venues, good hiking and perhaps a place to eventually relocate the studio to, I stumbled into a really wonderful exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle:

Gabriel von Max: Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul

July 9, 2011 – October 30, 2011
One of the most discussed, and perhaps controversial, artists of the late nineteenth century, Gabriel von Max has not been the subject of a solo museum exhibition in America until now.

The exhibition was for me striking in every way.  Beautifully presented with plenty of room between the various works and handsomely lit.  It introduced me to the work of an artist in whom I felt I would have a lasting interest and respect.  Even though I had seen reproductions of some of the works before, I neither knew the artist’s name nor the range of his accomplishments.  The work is characterized by a deep melancholy and demonstrates a particular concern for the lives of the women of his time.  His use of animal life, particularly the monkeys with whom he apparently lived, is powerfully sympathetic and feels like some sort of prescient look at what the plight of animals would become in the 20th and 21st centuries.

There is an excellent catalog, unavailable during my visit, that I ordered and am very much looking forward to receiving.  Kudos to Frye Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker for bringing this comprehensive and important exhibition to the lucky folks in or visiting Seattle during the run.

The artists out there may appreciate the painting at left, “Monkeys as Judges of Art”