Jeff Frost is a transmedia artist. His best known work combines installation, optical illusion painting, photography, music and sound design into short films which are created from hundreds of thousands of 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, contradictions and the real things we cannot see.
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, 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 roughly 30 fires between 2014-2016 for this project.
Frost has been featured in numerous online publications and interviewed for TV shows such as National Geographic, VICE, Gizmodo and many more as well as occasionally 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 TEDxCERN, University of Southern California (USC), Orlando Museum of Art, Snap! Orlando Photo Festival and photoLA.
*photo courtesy, Stuart Palley