For the past few months, I have had the rare opportunity to watch an artist at work in his studio while working with Phil Frost. It has really been a treat to see his process unfold. He has the most amazing focus and is always working. His studio is filled with papers, boxes, old suitcases, bits of things, feathers, wood, old cartoons and pieces of what some might consider trash. Somehow he manages to find just the right bit to put in his work. For his upcoming solo show at Jack Shainman Gallery; his first in NYC since 2001—Frost has been making three-dimensional paintings on canvases covered with old paper onto which he has drawn his distinctive portraits, sometimes adding bottles, feathers, or broken glass. One piece, a giant diptych, is covered in bottles that are then covered in buttons. Other found objects, like wood, baseball bats, and old suitcases, also become Frost's canvasses in this show. Be sure to check it out.
Phil Frost at Jack Shainman Gallery
Opening Thursday 20 April 2006, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
20 April-20 May 2006
513 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011