Tom Fruin – biography
Texas, Argentina, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Denmark, among others.
Working with plexiglass, steel, plastic and scrap material, Tom Fruin assumes recognizable objects urban elevating their shape state symbolic and architectural scale. Sourcing scrap sign shop and scrap plexiglass brilliantly hued whole Chinatown, Fruin weaves patchwork of primary colors in grids striated, remembering not only his previous quilts drug-bag, but also the energy and the syncopation of New York City itself, in very vein of Piet Mondrian.
Illuminated from within and built in the local municipal structures Fruin flash and dim their internal rhythms, becoming beacons of light color and temples that dot the city skyline and in the parks of the community alike. Nocturnally radiant and visible 24/7, we find landmarks and city-specific artifacts that transform the public space in the vein of both land art movement and light and space.
The inspiration for Fruin comes from the street. Turning the city far and wide in search of these bags, he soon realized that in every neighborhood it was a different type. I was born so other ‘drug-bag’ flags and the repetition scheme became part of his artistic vocabulary.
Tom Fruin has been able to master the art of the mosaic and its peculiarity is to be managed not only to interpret the art of mosaic in a personal way, detaching it from the static two-dimensional wall, but also to combine it with other forms art, like sewing, collage and installation in the public sphere.
In recent years Fruin has refined his technique of assembly and “raised” the work from the wall to the three-dimensionality, until you get to build large-scale sculptures, made of scraps of glass, plexiglass and ACRYLITE, all strictly recovery. ‘Materials that have a life, enrich the work, give a different reading and make it deeper’ says Fruin.
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