Oregon Public Broadcasting Video: Sculptor John Frame


Arts and Life: Multimedia Artist John Frame

By Ifanyi Bell | April 20, 2012 | Original article here

John Frame visits OPB and discusses his latest exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

John Frame is first and foremost a sculptor. But like many artists, inspiration can come from a variety of sources. In Frame’s case, it was a very lucid vision which brought him the idea for his latest collection of work, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale.”

“At the end of a nearly five-year blocked period, I had a particularly large download of information that came in the form of… not a dream, but a kind of ‘waking’ dream,” says Frame. One of the works that resulted from this vision is The Tale of the Crippled Boy, a 12-and-a-half minute piece of animation made up of short vignettes. Frame says that this animation has set the stage for something that is ongoing.


John Frame: Three Fragments of a Lost Tale

  • Through May 27, 2012
  • Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland
  • Visit website

“It is our goal to build a feature length set of these vignettes over the coming months,” says Frame on his website.

Frame’s new exhibition at the Portland Art Museum brings together his sculpture, animation and filmmaking into a multimedia experience that has proven to be quite popular. In fact, this month marks Frame’s second visit to Portland in as many months in order to reach more fans.

“The museum added this [trip] because the talks over there sold out right away, so they wanted me to come back up and meet the audience a couple more times.”

To learn more about John Frame, listen to the Think Out Loud interview.

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