(selected by Kirsteen Macdonald)
Untitled (flowers), 2004
Alex Frost's recent practice has investigated the tension between the Minimalist tradition of modular repetition and the gestural quality of the hand-made, in a continuation of his interest in an 'impure or inbred' Minimalism. Earlier series of works include prototype Buckminster Fuller domes (1998), Gaudi-esque tiled sculptures (2000) and a series of works from 2002 made after the Minimalist sculptor Robert Morris' 'Untitled (L-Beams)', 1965-7. The works and writings of Morris in the 1970s provide Frost with a 'metaphorical plinth' to explore the sculptural tradition - from the miniature to the monumental, the decorative to the architectural - developing a practice described as 'a kind of monument to rationalism usurped by the very blobbiness of its construction'.
Frost (b. London 1973) lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and has completed residencies at Spike Island, Bristol (2002), Royston Road, Glasgow (2001) and Grizedale, Cumbria (2000). Recent exhibitions include a solo shows at The Changing Room, Stirling - Alex Frost 1973, and Alex Frost at Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, both in 2004.
For an insight in to the process behind Frost's pixelated drawings click here.
Alex Frost 1973
Alex Frost 1973 continued The Changing Room's programme of commissioning solo exhibitions by emerging Scotland-based artists at significant points in their careers. The work in 1973 - a series of... read on
An American Conversation: Alex Frost, Karla Black
This exhibition was the first collaboration between Alex Frost and Glasgow-based artist Karla Black, a conversation built around suggestion and game-play. The end result came out of a dialogue between... read on
Frost's work in For Example, his solo show at Spike Island, comprised a series of L shaped structures adorned with smaller re-workings formed of plaster, shellac and lengths of cut foam. The... read on
The components of Frost's sculpture, 'The etc' were repositioned throughout the duration of the group show Presence, to invite the viewer to become absorbed in its formal problems and complexities,... read on