Perception with A. Baxter Frost

Every month, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery features an exhibit from a local artist. This month, our featured artist is the founding partner and principal of the international design firm Akuma Fusion Group A. Baxter Frost.

Frost received his B.A. in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Certificate of Completion from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture for the summer program at Taliesin West. He also received his Masters in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. According to his artist statement, his work establishes a visual vocabulary that identifies structure, variation and development.  When asked what inspired him to pursue a career in art and architecture, Frost explained that he would like to think of himself as an artist trained as an architect. “Originally, my ambitions were more focused on becoming a golf course architect, merging two loves. When choosing colleges I had settled on pursuing a degree in architecture. I thought it would offer a broader education in which to springboard to landscape architecture for a graduate degree. This was the plan for the first three years of architecture school until I had a professor that truly showed me the beauty of architecture. This “beauty” allowed for art to become architecture and vice versa. My background in Art is much less structured. Becoming a creative was much more a necessity than a leisure activity,” said Frost.

His creativity began at an early age.  Frost discussed that his parents were frequent travelers throughout his childhood and they were always on the road. With no television in sight, Frost had to depend on himself for entertainment.  This laid the ground work for his creativity.  “Art and architecture are in my definition, symbiotic in claiming our past and shaping our future,” said Frost.

He said that his pieces ask questions relating to space, depth and color.   He explained that space is paramount in his explorations and that there is a big difference between art and architecture. “Architecture tends to be more contrived while Art can capture a pure expression,” he continues, “Needs, wants, price, materials, contractors, neighbors, all get mixed in a bowl and what comes out may be awesome but it’s generally a watered down version of something else,” said Frost.  He also explained that art is free from outside influence and it allows for purity within an idea to be expressed.

To date, Frost has established himself as an accomplished artist and has been involved in over 100 projects ranging from master planning to over 250 private works. He has received several awards for his works, in both Architecture and Art.

As an accomplished artist, Frost offers simple advice to aspiring artists.  “There seem to be some basic ingredients in becoming successful regardless of the endeavor: take time to find out that you are diligence (always keep working and your mind fresh), perseverance (never give up), believe in yourself and stay positive, and courage (don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Frost’s works will be on display from August 10 – August 31 at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. located on 9 West Henry Street in Savannah, GA. For details and information, please visit our website at www.savannahga.gov/arts.

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