My latest mural in the Miami International Airport, "Meltdown" was featured on Channel 10 News in South Florida. See the video here:
I just completed my latest mural, "Meltdown", a permanent installation at Miami International Airport. The mural is located between Terminal D&E on the 3rd level, just off the moving skywalk. Check it out next time you pass through the Miami airport. Photos by Peter Vahan. "Passengers at Miami International Airport can now have a colorful “meltdown” experience when they walk past Meltdown, a new, permanent art mural by Miami artist Jen Stark. Meltdown greets visitors to MIA with a cascade of color and patterns when they enter the airport’s North Terminal on the third floor from the parking garage or the MIA Mover station.
According to Stark, creating Meltdown took a little more than a week with the assistance of several volunteers she enlisted to help her paint the intricate mural. “I typically had four assistants per night,” said Stark. “One of the last nights I had 10 people. I worked eight nights, six hours a night, for a total of 48 hours.”
“We are excited to provide an opportunity for emerging artists like Jen Stark to bring their artistic vision to MIA and use the transformative power of art to enhance the customer experience at the airport,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González. “Once again, MIA is at the forefront of exposing the work of these talented artists to an entirely new audience.”
In Starks’ own words, “Meltdown is a large-scale mural depicting organic patterns oozing down, creating a waterfall of colors. My artwork concentrates on the hypnotic, time-intensive process of cutting and layering. The patterns I create mimic the repetitive intricate layers of plants as well as the geometric framework of the universe.”
Meltdown is Stark’s latest project and expands on her previous work of creating complex colorful sculptures from paper and other media. Her work frequently explores ideas of replication and infinity, echoing the patterns and intelligent designs found in nature."
During this year's Art Basel Miami, I'll be showing new work at Untitled Art Fair on Miami Beach. My 2 latest sculptures will be exhibited in Eric Firestone's booth. December 3-7th located on South Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th street. Come by and check it out! More info here: http://www.art-untitled.com/
This Tuesday I'll be debuting a new teepee I recently painted at the Mondrian Hotel on Miami Beach. Tuesday DEC 2ND, 6PM – 9PM | MISSHAPES | DJ: DAVID KATZ
During Art Basel Miami I will have a new light sculpture edition available through
. The opening will take place at the Soho Beach House on Miami Beach.
PK SHOP x MdM #LIGHTSHOP will be open daily from December 4 - 7, 2014, 11AM - 6PM at the
Beach House, Miami Beach located at at 4385 Collins Avenue. Featuring artist editions by Mattia Bonetti, Saint Clair Cemin, FriendsWithYou, Marcia Grostein, Deborah Kass, Claude Lalanne, Elle Muliarchyk, Ivan Navarro, Courtney Smith, Jen Stark, and other artists in collaboration with the traveling ethical fashion pop-up Maison de Mode, this year marks PK SHOP's second collaboration with MdM, founded and curated by creative director Hassan Pierre and social activist and
Town & Country
editor Amanda Hearst and collaborator Lily Kwong.
Tunnel / 11" x 12" x 14" / hand-cut MDF wood, spray paint, varnish, glue, light bulb & 12 ft cord / 2014
I'm excited to announce a new limited edition pool float I designed for a FriendsWithYou X Grey Area curated pool party at Soho Beach House on Friday Dec 5th from 4-8pm. Come out, celebrate with us, and bring your bathing suit! Please RSVP to this email if you plan to come: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grey Area Presents, Pool Party, a limited edition series of artist designed pool toys curated in collaboration with FriendsWithYou! From a giant googly-eyed rock by FriendsWithYou, to a rainbow colored intergalactic wheel by Jen Stark, to a pair of oversized pink breasts by Misaki Kawai, to a seven-and-half-foot tall basketball player by Devin Troy Strother, these inflatable sculptures expand the limits of how art can be experienced. Join in on the fun and experience art in an entirely new way!
The radio show 'Studio 360' recently posted an article about my work on their blog. Check out the post HERE.
Psychedelic Paper Art or High-Level Math?
Jen Stark's lush paper landscapes seem both psychedelic and scientific. Using trippy shapes and colors, she draws you into a place of quiet mystery. It's the kind of work that's equally at home on the covers of science magazines and billboards.
Mathematicians, in particular, get rather touchy feely about Stark's work — they send her notes comparing her sculptures to complex equations and theories of infinity. One e-mailed her a paper by Cornell University mathematician Karen Vogtmann, pointing out the similarities between Stark's Burst and Vogtmann's concept of Outer Space. That's not the space we know with the sun and the stars but rather a mathematical idea. An Outer Automorphism is a collection of groups, each filled with ways to map points of an object to itself, while maintaining the object’s deeper structure. It can get your brain all twisted up just thinking about it and so can Stark’s art objects.
Stark is not a mathematician or scientist. She studied art in Maryland and in 2004, spent a summer in Aix-en-Provence. She found she couldn’t afford French pastels or oil paints, so she bought blocks of kiddy construction paper and began cutting. The meticulous, sequential work felt meditative, Stark says.
A single sculpture can take months to finish, built layer by wafer-thin layer. Stark makes everything by hand and has to pace herself so she doesn’t wreck her fingers. She's come up with a few cheats: she wears mittens and pads her X-Acto knife with cotton balls. Having a sense of humor helps too. For one sculpture, Stark cut 10,000 shapes of paper every day for 100 days. The title of the piece: How to Become a Millionaire in 100 Days.
I just created a billboard "Driptych" in San Francisco through The Art City Project. If you're in the city, go take a look. In San Francisco on 16th & South Van Ness.
July 7th - August 17th, 2014
Join us for the Way Out West launch event on July 17th!
The Art City Project proudly presents Way Out West, a celebration of the idea of California and its history as fertile ground for dreamers, pioneers, and counterculture. The exhibition reflects on the changing social landscape of the West Coast and explores the role of contemporary art in public spaces.
Way Out West revisits the California experience by transforming outdoor advertising into new space for art to live and breathe. The month-long installation — which spans billboards, transit shelters, bus takeovers, and other alternative space throughout San Francisco’s transitional inner Mission neighborhood — will feature art from contemporary artists with roots in California.
Brett Amory / Apex / Pakayla Rae Biehn / Anthony Discenza Double Zero (Annie Vought and Hannah Ireland) / Jeremy Fish Casey Gray / Desirée Holman / Chris Johanson / Jet Martinez Alicia McCarthy /Alia Penner / Andrew Schoultz Dave Schubert / Jen Stark / Zio Ziegler
and featuring artwork by Creativity Explored artists Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, and Kate Thompson
Curated by Tova Lobatz and Jenny Sharaf
In San Francisco, where tensions between established artist communities and Silicon Valley continue to rise, Luke Groesbeck, a former tech worker and the founder of the fledgling public art organization Art City, wants to help his hometown reinvest in the former. “This is a city with a major arts and cultural legacy,” he says. “How do we honor that? Then an idea came up and I got fixated on it: What happens when you turn an entire city into a gallery? Is it possible?”
From now until Aug. 17, San Franciscans will get to find out. As part of Art City’s Way Out West project, Groesbeck, along with his crew of curators and organizers, worked with advertising companies and the local creative community to coordinate his organization’s pilot urban art takeover. Eleven billboards, four buses and three transit shelters in the Mission District are being resurfaced with works from 20 artists, many of whom have long-running involvements in San Francisco’s street art scene. These include the graffiti artist Apex, whose works live on building walls near major streets like Valencia, and members of the Mission School movement like Chris Johanson and Alicia McCarthy, who began collecting praise in the ’90s for their Sol LeWitt-like installations of busy, ribboned color.
The project isn’t just about the pieces themselves. It’s also about what they’ll replace: advertising. “Today, San Francisco has about 7,500 ad spaces, which reach tens of millions of people in a given month,” Groesbeck explains. “We’re doing this to illustrate a different possible future, where in each neighborhood we’re instead surrounded by art and contemporary art plays a major role in our lives.”
The subject of art versus commerce is a timely one in the Bay Area, especially in the once-gritty, rapidly gentrifying Mission. “Artists, musicians and other creatives that make San Francisco what it is are being pushed out,” says Brett Amory, an internationally exhibited artist and local resident who is also participating in the project. “The Mission District is one of the areas getting hit hardest by this change. It’s a very appropriate place to have art by local artists displayed, as a reminder of what the city is really made of.”
Groesbeck, for his part, thinks the project will help San Francisco remember its roots. “I think this is a way to do something positive,” he says, “and hopefully, give back to the city.”
I'll be showing 2 new pieces in a group show in Chicago from July 31 - August 4, 2014. Art Alliance: The Provocateurs will be held at Block Thirty Seven, 109 N. Dearborn Street, in a 25,000 square foot space encompassing an entire city block in the heart of the Loop. More information at: http://www.artalliance.com/info/
Cosmographic / 34" x 37" x 4" / acid-free paper, holographic paper, glue, wood / 2014
Splatter / 60" x 48" x 1" / acrylic paint on MDF / 2014
Splatter (detail) / 60" x 48" x 1" / acrylic paint on MDF / 2014
Dazed & Confused, Group Exhibition
May 24th-June 15th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 | 6-9 PM
Full Circle / 36" x 36" x 76" / Latex spray paint on PVC, monofilament / 2014Full Circle / 36" x 36" x 76" / Latex spray paint on PVC, monofilament / 2014
Glow / 63" x 40" x 4" / acid-free paper, holographic paper, glue, wood, acrylic paint / 2014
On Saturday March 29th, my animation "Believer" will be featured in a film screening in Los Angeles called Ghosting.tv. Feel free to come out and see some amazing short films and animations!
Ghosting Volume #8 1205 N Main St Los Angeles CA
March 29th 8pm
Allow us to blind you with psychedelic science!
Ghosting is a monthly hang out for experimental animators and video artists.
Short screenings by a rotating group of artists will be featured each month. Come and hang out! Network with your peers OFFLINE in a chill environment lubricated by your favorite spirits. BYOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll recently did a lecture at SCI-Arc on January 15th in Los Angeles. I talked about my artwork and its relationship to universal shapes in nature and science. Jen Stark: Art, Science & the Cosmos Lecture at SCI-Arc: the Southern California Institute of Architecture Wednesday, January 15, 7 pm W.M. Keck Lecture Hall SCI-Arc / 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
See the full lecture HERE
I was commissioned by The Arts Initiative (Primary Projects) to create a large mural on an escalator "Drippy", and an 8ft x 20ft hanging sculpture "Wormhole" in the new mall Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The Arts Initiative, a newly formed collective dedicated to placing highly interactive visual art in public venues, announced a lineup of more than 10 nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists for its initial installation, which will be housed within the forthcoming Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
Daniel Arsham, Bhakti Baxter, Jim Drain, Friends With You, Cody Hudson, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Andrew Nigon, Kenton Parker, Bert Rodriguez, Jen Stark & Austyn Weiner.
The brainchild of AWE Talisman Chairman Arthur Weiner, which is curated by acclaimed Miami-based collective Primary Projects, the installation will include work from the likes of artists Daniel Arsham, Jim Drain, Friends With You, Bert Rodriguez and Jen Stark, among others. This project represents the future of highly interactive visual art in public venues: artist-driven ideas actively integrated into the architectural framework and viewing space.
The artists chosen by The Arts Initiative will enrich and enliven the multi-level shopping center in a way that is sure to redefine public arts spaces for years to come.
Photo by Clayton Hauck
Photo by Clayton Hauck
Photo by Clayton Hauck
Photo by Clayton Hauck
Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located in Rosemont, IL, is developed, owned and operated by AWE Talisman and Macerich. The 530,000 square foot fully enclosed structure spans two floors and includes a diverse portfolio of more than 130 outlets. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago will open August 1, 2013.
Fashion Outlets Chicago 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018
My work is included in a group show at The Hole Gallery in NYC. I hope you can make it out.
Tri Angular / 35" x 35" x 25" / acrylic paint on wood / 2010
SUMMER READING July 18 – August 24, 2013 OPENING: Thursday, July 18 from 6-9pm
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Airan Kang / Alexander Rodriguez / Andre Saraiva / Andrew Kuo / Brad Phillips / Brian Belott / Brian Dettmer / Clare Rojas / David Shrigley / Devin Troy Strother / Dustin Yellin / Gareth Long / Geoff McFetridge / Harland Miller / Hollie Chastain / Holton Rower / Jacqueline Rush Lee / Jen Mazza / Jen Stark / Jesse Edwards / John Copeland / Kembra Pfahler / Leo Fitzpatrick / Long Bin Chen / Matthew Higgs / Matthew Stone / Michael Dumontier / Miranda July /Neil Farber / Paul Bright / Peter Funch / Scott Reeder / Sean Landers / Shane Bradford / Simon Evans / Taylor McKimens / Toilet Paper / Troels Carlsen
The Hole is proud to present “Summer Reading”, a group exhibition and transformation of our Bowery galleries into a giant art book reading room. With works of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, artists in this show explore the relationship of literature and print media to the realm of fine arts, or perhaps the slippages of meaning and experience between the act of reading and that of looking.
Please join us any lazy summer afternoon to come in to check out the exhibition and grab something off the shelves and sit in a big chair and peruse it. With over five thousand titles within reach on our shelves, including contributions from Printed Matter, D.A.P., powerHouse Books, PictureBox, Anteism and many of our gallery friends, this free reading room will contain a lot of new titles and rare old catalogues.
Our library furniture was generously provided by Bright Lyons in Brooklyn, run by Paul Bright whose contribution to the exhibition is an installation of his massive zine collection installed on the back wall of the gallery.