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Andrew Frosst: Instinctive Break

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Mar 29-Jun 8, 2104

Andrew Frosst, Instinctive Break

Andrew Frosst, Instinctive Break (2012-2014), installation [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Mar 29-Jun 8] Photo courtesy of Andrew Frosst


Like many younger artists today, Andrew Frosst is an artist on the move. Originally from Calgary, where he still maintains an address, Frosst has attended schools in Quebec, Sweden and Switzerland, and now considers himself a resident of Montreal and Zurich as well.

For his first exhibition at the AGA, Frosst presents two works. In Instinctive Break he has placed a wig made of human hair inside a 100-gallon aquarium. However, unlike Damien Hirst’s 1991 shark work (where a dead shark floats in formaldehyde), Frosst has taken that part of us that is born dead – our hair – and hidden inside it a motorized engine that allows it to swim as if it were among the living. A second work displays a computer-generated artist book designed by Frosst and programmed to bring to life unsearched text entries of Internet search engines.

At first glance, these works appear to have little in common. The first piece presents itself as playful spectacle; the second is drier, more distant. Yet both are linked to the kinds of systems Frosst and his peer group seem interested in these days, systems that are often explored through social action, participatory art collectives and collaboration. For his part, Frosst is a founding member of the Arbour Lake Sghool Collective, and was a participant in the recent Wreck City occupation, a community art project where Calgary artists took over condemned houses, garages and greenhouses and gave them new life.

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Andrew Frosst, Instinctive Break

Andrew Frosst, Instinctive Break (2012-2014), installation [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Mar 29-Jun 8] Photo courtesy of Andrew Frosst



 Sun, Apr 6, 2014