Steven Frost is the curator for Untitled Final Friday at the Denver Art Museum on March 30. Read our Q&A with the artist, and watch this space for the full program.
– Steven Frost
I think most people are creatives. I’m a skeptic when someone tells me they’re not creative.
DAM: So…..what do you do, and why do you do it?
Steven Frost: I’m a fiber-based artist and educator who explores identity and history through performances, collaborations, and sculptures. I like to share the act of making with artists and community members through my practice.
DAM: What’s your favorite place in Denver?
SF: My favorite place in Denver is at the barber shop. My barber is awesome. I’ve been going to him since I moved here three years ago. He keeps me up on all the Denver gossip and always has the best recommendations for food. I’m fairly certain he’s the coolest person in Denver. I’m happy to share his contact if you send me a text.
DAM: What’s a movie that you can quote every line?
SF: The 1992 movie Batman Returns. Catwoman is my favorite character. She gets revenge on her corrupt boss while dressed in a cat costume that she constructed from things she just had laying around the house. It’s a sewing fantasy. My favorite Catwoman quote is, “It's the so-called normal guys who always let you down. Sickos never scare me. At least they're committed.”
DAM: How would you define a creative?
SF: I think most people are creatives. I’m a skeptic when someone tells me they’re not creative.
DAM: If you could express yourself in any other medium, what would it be?
SF: I tend to dive into new mediums if they fit a concept I’m working with so there are not a lot of things I haven’t tried but I would love to be a trained dancer. Watching dance is one of my favorite things. I’m lucky to work at CU Boulder where Michelle Ellsworth, Gesel Mason, and Erika Randall teach. Their practice is inspiring. I have started working with dancers lately and I wish I had their vocabulary of movement. Unfortunately, they didn’t have dance classes for funny little gay boys where I grew up so I’m having to make up for lost time.
DAM: If you could collaborate with anyone (past or present), who would it be?
SF: Collaboration is key to my practice so there are a lot of people I’ve dreamed of working with. I think my #1 dream collaborator would have to be Dolly Parton. I’d love to collaborate with her on a line of heavily bejeweled athletic apparel for drag queens and Republican women. My hope is that we would promote our line of impractical but stunning yoga clothes with a mini-challenge on “Ru Paul’s Drag Race.”
DAM: What’s an exhibition that doesn’t exist, but probably should?
In 2010 Shannon Stratton and Judith Leemann curated Gestures of Resistance at the now defunct Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland. Gestures of Resistance prioritized performativity in craft over beautiful objects. It’s been highly influential on my practice although I only experienced through videos, images, and essays. I’d love to seem more exhibitions like these that are grand experiments in experience and turn a critical eye on production and consumption.
– Steven Frost
I love working around people but there is something about being alone in a dark museum that makes me feel a little bit like Audrey Hepburn and little bit like Bruce Wayne.
DAM: If you could do anything you want in a museum, what would it be?
SF: I’d live in a museum like Wonder Woman does. Although I’d want to pick a cooler museum than the Louvre. When I was younger I worked at the Corcoran in Washington, DC. I used to take dates there after-hours to impress them. Walking up dimly lit marble staircases between Roman statues always felt magical (regardless of drama at work). I love working around people but there is something about being alone in a dark museum that makes me feel a little bit like Audrey Hepburn and little bit like Bruce Wayne.
DAM: You’re interviewing next year’s Untitled curator–what do you ask?
SF: I’ll probably ask them if they’ve gotten their Untitled tattoo yet. Another curator and I are trying to organize an Untitled tattoo tradition where the curator before you will pick your tattoo. We haven’t gotten everyone on board yet but I am hoping by next year it will be a well-established tradition.
Top photo: Steven Frost. ILGWU Residency. Long Beach, CA 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist.