Frankie Toan

Frankie Toan

Queer Gardens: Unruly

August 24, 2023 – October 22, 2023

Queer Gardens: Unruly looks towards ‘the garden’ as a potential site for radical reimaginings of family, work/productivity, time, green space, and nourishment. In the garden we can find our place in interspecies ecosystems of care and sustenance. We can move beyond the human measures of industry, blurring the lines between work and play. While we till and plant, water and mulch we find a direct relationship between our physical labor, space, ecology and future harvest. In the garden there is interdependence. This is a place that humans can learn from, but we must look critically towards current relationships between humans and the earth, cities and green space, home and garden.

Presented by Forward Arts Foundation


Frankie Toan

Based in Denver, Frankie Toan (they/them/theirs) is an artist working mostly with craft and DIY materials and techniques to create large plush sculptures, interactive works, and immersive installations. Frankie holds a BFA in Craft/Material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies. Their current body of work consists of elongated or engorged body parts tied, arranged, and installed in conversation with each other, creating fantasy bodies. Frankie has participated in many group shows and collaborations nationwide. Recent projects include a commission for Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape immersive ride at Elitch Gardens and their public art installation “Public Body” for “Between Us Alleys”- a public art intervention project in downtown Denver. They have had residencies at RedLine (CO) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN) among other places. An avid mystery theatre fan, Frankie has written 3 mystery theatre plots, including the collaborative production [Colony 933].


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