MERIT @ the Swimming Pool Project Space
Opening March 21, 7-10pm, 2009
continues thru April 19 with hours on Sunday 1-5 and by appointment
2858 W. Montrose, Chicago, IL 60618
Two blocks west of California, at Francisco
In Frost’s Merit Badge Series, he examines the disconnect between the traditional rites of passage celebrated by the Boy Scouts and the actual events that mark our transitions into adulthood. What becomes of the those boys who learned to build fires, serve dinner to seniors, and climb mountains? Today’s young scouts find themselves in a modern world where “good citizen” skills are rendered useless. Resourcing materials that have their own history, Frost creates contemporary traditions that honor more ephemeral but meritorious achievements: those that represent our character. Too Old for MTV Badge; Finding Yourself In Craigslist Missed Connections Badge; I Like Girls For Different Reasons Badge; Losing Your Phone on the Chinatown Bus Badge; these universal, yet personal experiences demarcate our life histories, and honor who we are on the path to what we become.