Working with plexiglass, steel, plastic, and scrap material, Tom Fruin takes on recognizably urban objects (houses, billboards, flags and the like), elevating their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Sourcing sign shop offcuts and brilliantly-hued plexiglass scraps throughout Chinatown, Fruin weaves patchworks of primary colors into striated grids, recalling not only his earlier drug-bag quilts but also the energy and syncopation of New York City itself, very much in the vein of Piet Mondrian. Illuminated from within and constructed in municipal locales, Fruin's structures flash and dim to their own internal rhythms, becoming beacons of color and temples of light that dot city skylines and community parks alike. Nocturnally radiant and visible 24/7, we find landmarks and city-specific artifacts which transform public space in the vein of both land art and light & space movements.
Tom Fruin, originally from Los Angeles, CA now lives and works in New York City. At the age of 40, he has already exhibited in over 25 solo shows and over 30 group shows including ones in Los Angeles, New York, Texas, Argentina, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Denmark, among others. He has been written up in various magazines from Sculpture Magazine, Architectural Digest, the New York Times, Juxtapoz, the Huffington Post and Flash Art. His works are in various collections such as The Margulies Collection (FL), the Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences (NY), The Hanck Collection at the Museum Kunstpalast (Germany), The Buenos Aires Design Center (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, BA), The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (NY), among many others. His Watertower now graces the Brooklyn skyline, as a beacon for passerby’s crossing the Manhattan Bridge.