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Frank Spigner


New York

Birth year


SUNY Purchase College, 2013

exhibition/performance, sculpture, abstract, digital, performance, video-art, installation, mixed-media


Artist’s Statement

My practice utilizes a wide range of media and techniques. I am a composer, electronic artist, installation artist, and sculptor. I use sound and chaotic or subtle media as concrete, tangible, and sculptural materials. I use methods, such as feedback mechanisms and iterative processes to abstract from, and create a “caricature” of a process or medium. I explore the subtleties and physicalities of the material and allow a kind of “self-amplification” or impression that the medium is developing a consciousness of its own.

Even early on, I had an almost compulsive fascination with the organization of hierarchies in nature and the micro- and macrocosmic relationships between all things. The patterns and archetypes that are found throughout nature such as the golden ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence, algorithms and cellular automata, fractals and L-systems, and how these trends apply to art and my aesthetic language was also of great interest. Since then, I have also been greatly influenced by such subjects as media theory, especially the work and philosophies of Marshall McLuhan, as well as Eastern philosophy, for example forms of Buddhism and meditation as a spiritual and mental discipline.


Frank A. Spigner (b. New York, NY, 1990) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and artist who has begun to realize professional recognition, creating an evolving array of works at the conservatory level, at music and art festivals, and at various concerts and exhibitions over the last several years.

He has actively studied piano, composition, and theory since the age of 5, with over ten years of study under New York City-based composer-pianist and co-director/founder of the Composers Concordance, Dr. Joseph Pehrson. He studied theory and composition under Inés Thiebaut at the Queens’ Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, an annex of the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College at CUNY and jazz guitar with Nate Radley, as well as jazz theory and performance with Kris Davis, JC Sanford, and Shane Endsley. He has also studied composition under Edward Smaldone, David Ludwig, Adam Silverman, Vivian Fung, and Daniel Ott.

Spigner is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase College where he had been developing his skills as a composer and artist under Liz Phillips, Du Yun, Joel Thome, Eric Wildrick, and others, in order to cultivate a unique aesthetic language and conceptual approach. The majority of his creative output takes the form of concert music, sound art, electronic media, installation, sculpture, and metalwork.

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