The uninhabitable structure used in this work is itself unable to be what most (but not all) would consider an acceptable living space, suggesting the fragility not just of physical spaces and ideas, but also of the circumstance of home. This series of optical illusion paintings on an abandoned structure in the southern Californian desert act as a contemplation of the many layers of an idea often taken for granted. Attempts at defining home, beyond a physical structure, readily invite complication both inner and outer. The paintings themselves operate on different layers, but one accessible starting point is to imagine the projection of emotion not just onto physical space, but onto the idea of home itself. In order to maintain a world view our emotional alignment must be very precise. One step to left or right, and the illusion breaks.

  • Jeff Frost
    California on Fire, Circle of Abstract Ritual, Flawed Symmetry of Prediction
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Contemporary Art
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Museum of Art & History Lancaster (MOAH)
    United States
    February 8, 2020
    Museum Exhibit
  • Time Lapse Film Festival
    Joshua Tree
    United States
    August 3, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Best in Show
  • Museum of Sonoma County
    Santa Rosa
    United States
    February 15, 2020
    Museum Exhibition
Distribution Information
  • Jeff Frost
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jeff Frost

Jeff Frost grew up in a remote corner of Utah hiking with his grandfather, and has lived in southern California for the last 20 years. Time and sound are his two primary mediums, often expressed through a number of sub-mediums including painting, photography, video, and installation. Nearly all of the above are combined into short films exploring themes on the spectrum of creation and destruction. Frost’s work has been shown at his own independent Desert X 2019 parallel installation, Los Angeles Art Association curated by Leslie Jones for LACMA, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN), and LAX. He has been selected for the Nordic LA residency at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs & the Facebook Artist in Residence program in 2019. He performed a soundart set at the Desert Daze music festival in 2019 as well, and he will have a new painting film, GO HOME, which recently won Best in Show at the Time Lapse Film Festival, at the Museum of Art Lancaster (MOAH) in 2020. California on Fire will be installed in an upcoming show for the California Museum of Photography in 2020 as well. He was both a producer and subject of the 2017 Netflix docuseries, Fire Chasers. That same year he contributed to the National Geographic series, One Strange Rock. He has been featured in numerous online publications and TV interviews such as PBS Newshour, TIME Magazine, Artnet, and American Photo. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) named him one of the best photographers of 2014. U2 and Ladytron have commissioned him for artwork used on tour and in album art. He has spoken at TEDx in Switzerland, the Seattle Art Fair, University of Southern California, Palm Springs Art Museum, Orlando Museum of Art, Snap! Orlando, and photoLA.

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