Art Gallery of Alberta

ANDREW FROSST: Instinctive Break
March 29, 2014-June 8, 2014

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Andrew Frosst, Instinctive Break, 2012-2014. Installation, dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of Andrew Frosst.

This solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist Andrew Frosst features two artworks referencing neo-surrealism and counter-linguistics. The first is a large installation, Instinctive Break, which consists of a wig of human hair floating in an aquarium and attached to a motor in order to give it movement—transforming it into a marine-like creature. The second is a custom-made artist book created from a language-generated computer program that traces the currently unsearched text entries of internet search engines, as a way to experiment with the meaning and form of language—an idea often explored in Frosst’s artwork. He also looks to the derivative elements of the suburban environment, such as construction site waste and found objects which he pairs in absurd scenes.

Frosst’s practice is shaped by his extensive collaborations with other artists, including the Arbor Lake School collective, of which he was a founding member, and as an artist-curator with Wreck City, a community public art project.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists. Presented with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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