In Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital, artist Pete Froslie transforms the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery into an experimental extension of his art studio. Froslie’s Leviathan series draws on his existing body of work exploring “The Aesthetics of Capital,” in which he uses chemical processes to extract rare earth metals from electronic waste as he seeks to answer the question “How best can we see capital?” In Leviathan I, Froslie extends this work by exploring how capital can be seen and understood by integrating understandings of climate change, moral and political philosophy, philosophical aesthetics and demonology through the media of experimental electro-mechanics and game engine-based digital projection.
Leviathan I offers the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art audience the unique opportunity to watch a working artist’s project unfold, beginning with Froslie’s earliest stages of idea testing in the Sandor Gallery. Through this process, Froslie will draw on his recent experience traveling along the Svalbard archipelago of Norway aboard an ice class tall ship, called the Antigua. During this time, he collected 3D scans and photo-documentation of this environmentally vulnerable territory and obtained underwater recordings of Svalvard fjords. Froslie imagines that this continuous practice of travel, research, and making can summon a contemporary “Leviathan,” allowing the intersections between nature, society and capital to be seen and felt.
Following its time at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Froslie’s Leviathan will continue to evolve and grow when “Leviathan II” opens at the Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City, Utah, in Spring 2020.