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Chris Frost’s playful, painterly sculptures in his exhibition “Shiny Bits” at Boston Sculptors Gallery are humble, flawed little objects that nonetheless gleam and strive.

In the past, Frost’s forms have sprung from their material, and he has relied on metaphor to convey his ideas. The pieces in “Shiny Bits,” though, focus on surface more than material; they shine with glossy paint and nickel plating. Metaphor has given way to inglorious abstraction, humor, and a refreshing release into the unknown. The works share the impertinence and small scale of Kathy Butterly’s ceramics. With his glistening build-outs, though, Frost plays games with burgeoning and balance.

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