John Frame: Three Fragments of a Lost Tale

Presented by the Portland Art Museum
FEB 18 – MAY 27, 2012

From now through May 27th, make sure to check out the imaginative art of John Frame on display at the Portland Art Museum. Art, music, poetry, and film come together in his ambitious project The Tale of the Crippled Boy. The end goal of this ongoing project is a feature-length collection of animated and live film vignettes. Three Fragments of a Lost Tale presents his work on this project during the past five years, including installations of his handmade sculptures, stage sets, still photographs, music score, and animated film vignettes.

Since 2006, Frame, a California-based sculptor, has been working toward the creation of a stop-motion animated drama featuring an eclectic cast of fully articulated characters composed of found materials and meticulously carved wood. These figures build upon the distinctive, often theatrical, sculptures Frame has created throughout his career, which have been the subject of two retrospective exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art, Calif.

The exhibition will include the sculptures that have become the cast of characters in Frame’s evolving full-length film, as well as the film footage created thus far in this monumental project.

To learn more about John Frame, visit  You can view a preview of John’s unique work “Three Fragments of a List Tale” below:

Originally organized by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the exhibition is curated by Bruce Guenther, chief curator for its Portland presentation.

Sponsored in part by The McGeady Family Foundation.

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2 thoughts on “John Frame: Three Fragments of a Lost Tale

  1. Saw you last year at the Huntington Library. Your biggest fan “in this area” Please come back again soon. Your exhibit here was exceptional! Recommending my 2 friends in Oregon go see you there. Look forward to another meet & greet with you soon. LJ.Herndon/Belladonnaphoto

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