Jeff Frost is an artist of many mediums. His best known work combines installation, optical illusion painting, photography, music and sound design combined in 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 all game. News events and interventions are frequently recorded with time lapse and stop motion techniques, and later 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 invented or expanded existing techniques so as to be nearly unrecognizable. In essence he abused motorized motion control equipment in order to "draw" with the camera. Any light source opposite the lens is game: the sun, cities at night, or even the blinking LED lights in racks of servers. He also 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.
Another work in progress, California on Fire, examines increasing wildfire in order to shine a light on the effects of climate change happening in the present. One of these effects is the intensification of weather systems everywhere. In California this manifests most frequently in drought, which leads to dehydrated ground fuels and is the reason fires start with ease and burn longer than they have in the past. Frost trained as a firefighter for this body of work, and has traveled to roughly large 30 fires in California beginning in 2014.
Frost has been featured in numerous media outlets such as National Geographic, VICE, The Atlantic, WIRED, and many more. 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 work has been featured at 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 TEDx, University of Southern California (USC), Orlando Museum of Art, Snap! Orlando Photo Festival and photoLA.