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Framed: 'Three Fragments Of A Lost Tale' Exhibition Opens Today At The Huntington Library

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Five years ago, artist John Frame was jolted awake from a dream with an elaborate, still-unfolding story featuring an eclectic cast of characters. Frame’s latest exhibition Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame opens today at The Huntington Library, showcasing three dozen intricately carved wood sculptures and found objects, as well as still photography and stop-animation. A short film about the artist will also be screened. (See video above).

Ranging from 3-½ to 32 inches tall, Frame’s carefully detailed sculptures are distinct and feature moving limbs, fingers, jaws, and eyes. The main character, Mr. R, has an older human face and rabbit-like ears, while Cat V. is a younger figure with feline characteristics. Underlying themes of discovery and loss can be found as characters cross paths and travel to strange new places.

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Frame, an MFA graduate of Claremont Graduate School, hopes viewers will gain some understanding of their own lives and interpret his characters as they see fit. A companion exhibition, Born to Endless Night, in the Works on Paper room of The Huntington will feature paintings, drawings, and prints by William Blake selected by Frame to complement his creations.

Three Fragments of a Lost Tale
The Huntington Library's Boone Gallery
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
Through June 20