March 12th through June 27th, 2011, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections,
and Botanical Gardens
Since 2006, California sculptor John Frame (b. 1950) has been working toward the creation of a stop-motion animated drama featuring an eclectic cast of fully articulated characters composed of found materials and meticulously carved wood.These figures build upon the distinctive, often theatrical stationary sculptures Frame has created throughout his career, but the works on view in “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame” interact in a short film set in a curious and complex world. The exhibition includes sculptural figures, multiple stage settings, still photographs, and animated film vignettes. Frame’s longstanding interest in The Huntington’s rich holdings of works by William Blake (1757–1827) is reflected in a concurrent exhibition. Curated by Frame, “Born to Endless Night” is located in the Works on Paper room of the Huntington Art Gallery. Frame’s first museum exhibition since an acclaimed 2005 presentation at the Long Beach Museum of Art, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale” is accompanied by an illustrated catalog featuring an essay by art critic David Pagel.
Huntington Installation Photographs Credit Carey Haskell