SP.237: The Artist in the World

Experimental Study Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Instructor: Graham Ramsay, Bldg 24-604, xt. 8-0481

Spring 2007: Class #8, April 5, 2007

Chris Frost , sculpture

























Chris Frost has been making art in the Boston area for fifteen years. He lives and works in Somerville , MA . His undergraduate years were spent at Bates College in Lewiston , Me. and Parsons School of Design in Paris . He received his masters degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts .

Frost's sculpture has always focused on the everyday object. Objects ranging from grandfather clocks, sewing machines, and buildings to horse heads and tea cups are cast in materials such as bronze, concrete and lead. Frost then 'composes' these forms together creating works that are esthetically beautiful, physically bold and at the same time they often relate a narrative or history.

It is the artist's public artwork that has most notoriety. These works often reference specific histories of the site where they are located. The sculpture works not only as an enticing object of art but also becomes educational and informative.

An example would be Minutes where the artist built and placed five wooden tall case clocks along Main St. in Portland , Me. Visible through glass windows in each clock were glass objects which referred to particular events of the city's history. In one clock a glass oil lamp referenced Portland 's Great Fire of 1840. A label on the side gave a brief description of the event.

A.M.F.A.N. (a mile from any neighbor) also speaks of a local history. A bronze top hat sitting on a rock has the initials AMFAN engraved into it. A reference to one of the first lines in Thoreau's   Walden . The sculpture itself is located roughly a mile from Walden Pond .

Frost's public artworks have been displayed in numerous outdoor exhibits and at venues such as the Decordova, the Fuller Museum , and The Art Complex Museum and in 2000 Frost was an artist in residency with the I.C.A. Boston and the Boston National Park . With this opportunity Frost created Pumphouse an installation in the abandoned pumphouse at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Dedicated to the civilian workers of the navy yard, viewers would through a window in the building at huge illuminated wooden replicas of battleships. Behind these elaborate forms were subtly life-size photos of workers clothes and tools.

Currently Frost has made a bold artistic shift. After working for fifteen years as the exhibition designer at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University , Chris and his wife have transformed their barn into a studio, quit his job and are now attempting to support his family through his art, which he loves.

His first project since this shift was his recent show at the Boston Sculptors Gallery. Here Chris has decidedly scaled down his work and cast only in bronze. These pieces follow his interest in the everyday object as each work is a dynamic assemblage of two or more bronze objects. They also reveal the artists craft, gift of composition, attention to detail and sense of humor.



Work Samples


































Pumphouse (exterior)













Pumphouse (interior)

















1994 Master of Fine Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts , Boston , MA

1988 Bachelor of Arts, Bates College , Lewiston , ME

1986 Parsons School of Design, Paris , France


2006 Material Goods , Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston , MA Off The Wall , Attleboro Arts Museum , Attleboro , MA Dwelling , Forest Hills Cemetery , Boston , MA

2003 Vistas , Mount Ida College , Newton , MA Cairn Croft Sculpture Garden , Dover , MA Collection Connection , Art Complex Museum , Duxbury , MA

2001 Outdoor Sculpture , Clark Gallery, Lincoln , MA

2000 Just The Thing , Decordova Museum , Lincoln , MA Walk through the Woods , Fuller Museum , Brockton , MA

1999 Environmental Arts , Fuller Museum of Art , Brockton , MA 1997 Concrete Compositions - Two Sculptors, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Acad., Exeter , NH Outdoor Sculpture , Barbara Singer Fine Art, Cambridge , MA

1996 Forrest City Annual , Wood Sculpture Exhibition, Portland , ME Eighth Triennial , Fuller Museum of Art , Brockton , MA Five Sculptors , Art Complex Museum , Duxbury , MA Totems , The Ashuah Irving Gallery , Boston , MA

1995 Gallery 57, (solo) Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge , MA Gallery 410,(solo) Univ. of Massachusetts , Lowel , MA Acton/Boxborough Cultural Council, Environmental Sculpture Exhibit, Acton Arboretum, Acton , MA Icons and Alters , The New Art Center , Newton , MA Centennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit , Univ. of Mass. , Dartmouth , MA Strokes of Genius , Decordove Museum , Lincoln , MA Contemporary New England Sculptors , Framingham State College, Framingham , MA

1994 The Sculpted Image , Boston Center for the Arts, Boston , MA The Passion of the Still Life , Montserrat College of Art , Beverly , MA New England/New Talent , Fitchburg Art Museum , Fitchburg , MA       EXHIBITIONS CONT.

1993 Fire and Ice 93 , Attleboro Art Museum , Attleboro , MA Art in the Park , Bradley Palmer State Park , Topsfeild , MA Art Walk , Larz Anderson Park , Brookline , MA New Art 93 , Kingston Gallery, Boston , MA Annual Competition , Grossman Gallery, S.M.F.A., Boston , MA Dana Pond Painting Competition , S.M.F.A., Boston , MA



2006 Grant-In-Aid Award, Saint Botolph Club Foundation, Boston , MA

2002 Sculptural Installation, Meditech, Canton, MA 2000 Artist in Residency, ICA , Boston / Boston National Parks Public Sculpture for City of Saratoga Springs , N.Y.

1994 Central Artery/ Tunnel Project, Boston , MA Connemara Conservancy, Dallas , TX Dana Pond Painting Award, S.M.F.A, Boston , MA

1989 Sculptural Commission for the National Museum of Horse Racing and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs , N.Y.



1993 The Wasteland Reclaimed by John Chandler Art New England , Feb/Mar 1993, pg. 18 1995

Fields of Endeavor by Lori Fairchild Dallas Morning News, March 10, 1995

Connnemara Sculpture Show by Shermakaye Bass Dallas Morning News, March 23, 1995

Strokes of Genius, Boston Globe Magazine, April 2, 1995

Different Strokes; a Golf Course of Art by Christine Temin Boston Globe, April 19, 1995

Putting Outdoor Art in its Place; Two Sculptors by Marty Carlock Boston Sunday Globe, Oct 1, 1995 1996

Studio View; Christopher Frost by Miles Unger New Art Examiner, Feb 1996, vol. 23, no. 6, pg 40

That Was Then, Contemporary Commemorative Art in Greater Boston by Nick Capasso Public Art Review, spring/summer 1996, pg. 20

Wood Works by Amy Sutherland , Maine Sunday Telegram, Oct 10, 1996

Christopher Frost; Recent Sculpture by Flavia Cigliano Art New England , Feb/Mar 1996, pg. 62


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