The Huntington

Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame | March 12–June 20, 2011

MaryLou and George Boone Gallery
Since 2006, California sculptor John Frame (b. 1950) has been working toward the creation of a stop-motion animated drama [read more]

A Lost Tale

Southern California sculptor John Frame creates an animated world of tarnished antiquity for a new exhibition at The Huntington.

By Lynne Heffley | 03/01/2011

Pasadena WeeklyNew works by John Frame, a Southern California sculptor whose small figurative works can inspire large ruminations on human existence, are showcased in “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame,” at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens from March 12 through June 20 in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery. (Continues here.)

Installing the Show

First off, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who was able to come to the opening of the Exhibition at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.  It meant a lot to me that I could share the work with so many of you after having worked in nearly complete isolation for the last five years. Here are a few pics of the installation:

To those of you who were unable to attend the preview, if you are anywhere in the area, I hope there will be some opportunity between now and June 20 to come to the show.  As mentioned elsewhere in the website, this is just the beginning of what I hope will be a constantly evolving and deepening project in the coming months and years.  I am sincerely looking forward to reading your comments on this new body of work, whether you have seen it in person, in book form or on the web.  It is my belief that the circuit of the work is only completed when it is seen by others and in that regard, the response of each individual is genuinely important to me.

Daily Tribune

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.

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