Jeff Frost is a multidisciplinary artist who combines painting, photography, music and sound design into short films which are created from hundreds of thousands of high resolution photographs. Wildfires, riots, the stars and his own optical illusion paintings in abandoned structures are recorded with time lapse and stop motion techniques, and used as building blocks to explore large scale paradoxes and contradictions.
For example, a new work, Circuit Board Species, examines the push-pull of societal decay as a negative consequence of manufacturing technology, while simultaneously employing and celebrating the advancements that made it possible. To create this work Frost traveled to cities around the world including Paris, Dublin and Los Angeles and even created artwork out of CERN's facilities at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and France in early 2015. In October of the same year Frost was invited back to give a TED talk about the process.
Another work in progress, California on Fire (FIRE CHASERS), examines increasing wildfire activity as a result of human actions by drawing the viewer in with aesthetically pleasing night time lapses of large scale destruction. Frost trained as a firefighter and has traveled to 25 fires between 2014-2015 alone for this project. The project is not yet complete, but has already spawned a coffee table book through Minor Matters Books and is in talks to be developed into a feature length documentary.
Frost has been featured in numerous online publications and interviewed for TV shows such as National Geographic, Discovery, The Today Show, VICE, and many more as well as blogging for Huffington Post. U2 commissioned him to video direct and supply visual content for their Innocence + Experience tour (2015). He has received four Vimeo Staff Pick awards and The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) named him one of the best photographers of 2014. Frost’s films have been featured at the Palm Springs Museum of Art for the Palm Springs Photo Festival every year since 2012 and in a traveling exhibition in Bangkok for the US Embassy, Nature Nurture 20/20 curated by Hossein Framani. He has spoken about his work in many venues such as University of Southern California (USC), Orlando Museum of Art, Snap! Orlando Photo Festival and photoLA.