by Ariadna Zierold
Ben Frost, born in Brisbane, Australia, is a visual artist whose work seeks to challenge contemporary norms and values of Western culture and society. Frost’s visual work places common iconic images from advertising, entertainment, and politics into startling juxtapositions that are often confrontational and controversial. He currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia, and exhibits locally and internationally.
The title ‘Ben Frost is Dead’ comes from his 2000 solo exhibition of the same name where he faked his own death. Invitations were created in the form of a newspaper funeral notice and distributed nationwide. Newspapers labelled him ‘sick’ and his actions ‘perverse,’ when, by complete coincidence, the invitations went out on the same day a local art patron died.
Frost has been exhibiting throughout Australia and internationally over the last 10 years, including solo shows in London, New York, and San Francisco, as well as group shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Mongolia, and Singapore.