A new exhibition at The Huntington Library, Three Fragments of a Lost Tale Sculpture and Story by John Frame is accompanied by a richly illustrated book edited by Jessica Todd Smith and Kevin M. Murphy, with an essay by art critic David Page.
With 85 color and black-and-white illustrations, Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame (112 pages, softcover; $24.95) is published by the Huntington Library Press, distributed by University of California Press, and will be available in the Bookstore & More.
The Huntington exhibition showcases some three dozen intricately carved sculptures by Southern California artist John Frame take center stage in a new exhibition that brings together a body of work carefully assembled over the past five years, featuring sculpture, still photography, and stop-motion animation. “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame” will be presented from March 12 to June 20 in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery.
Since 2006, California sculptor John Frame (b. 1950) has been working toward the creation of a stop-motion animated film featuring an eclectic cast of fully articulated characters. In keeping with the artist’s distinctive style, the figures used in the animation combine found materials with meticulously carved wood and are art objects in their own right. They inhabit a curious and complex universe and act together to tell a fragmented tale in a unique idiom. The book delves into this visionary world through Frame’s photographs of his sculptural pieces, stage settings, and vignettes.
Paperback, 112 pages