Midnight Sun
Frank Heath 


1687 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

West Coast Premiere 
June 25, 2018

"Midnight Sun" (the third episode of Heath's ‘On the Beach’ series commissioned by Triple Canopy) was shot on location at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway. It is the last resort, a 'final backup' of the Earth's food supply stored within the permafrost of an Arctic mountain and an effort-perhaps futile-to stave off the eradication of plants and crops because of the accelerating threat of global warming. Interspersed throughout the video is the audio of a serendipitously recorded telephone conversation in which a troubled caller (acted/voiced/played by Heath's frequent collaborator Jesse Wakeman) recounts standing in line at a grocery store and having a vision of the sun suddenly appear during total darkness.

Frank Heath was born in 1982 in St. Joseph, MO. He lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions, and two-person shows include: Blue Room, Swiss Institute, New York, NY (2017); Red Room, Young World, Detroit, MI (2017); The Hollow Coin, presentation with Simone Subal Gallery at Art Basel Statements, Basel (2016); Backup, (solo), Simone Subal Gallery, NY, NY (2014); Asymptomatic Carrier, (solo) Frieze Frame with Simone Subal Gallery, NY, NY (2013); Post Holes (solo), Simone Subal Gallery, NY, NY (2012); and Econoline 1, (with JJ PEET) Videotage Gallery, Hong Kong, China (2007). Past group shows and screenings include: 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam (screening) (2017); True/False Film Festival, Columbia, Missouri (screening) (2017); Reve du Pierre, curated by Alexandra Fau, Centre Pompidou, Paris (screening) (2016); Night Walk, with Erin Shirreff, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2015); A Night of Philosophy, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY (Screening) (2015); The Daily Show, Bureau, New York NY (2015); A Tale of Two Islands: Beatrice Gibson with Alex Waterman, and Frank Heath, High Line Art, NY, NY (2014); Two Hours Two Minutes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2014); Matter Out of Place, Kitchen, NY, NY (2012); Somebody has stolen our tent, Simon Preston Gallery, NY, NY (2012)