Tunnel Vision

"Tunnel Vision" a 20ft x 5ft x 5ft outdoor public sculpture. On view through April 22nd, 2018.
Commissoned by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and curated by LeBasse Projects
ROAM Series
120 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Designed by Jen Stark, “Tunnel Vision” is a tunnel of cascading ring shapes that morph shape and color. The front of the sculpture begins as an organic inner shape, which slowly morphs into a circle in the back. From one perspective, the sculpture is colored in a vivid rainbow gradient. The opposite end of the sculpture changes color scheme into black and white, creating an optical illusion and two unique perspectives of the piece. In this revealed element of surprise, viewers are encouraged walk around and interact with the sculpture. The sculpture also provides an oasis for neighbors and visitors to sit, relax and contemplate. Commissioned by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs through their ROAM series of temporary art installations. Curated by LeBasse Projects.


Miami International Airport Mural

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."


Last week I painted a teepee in East Hampton through Eric Firestone gallery. We used outdoor house paint and it took 2 days to complete. Here are some photos:


Studio 360

The radio show 'Studio 360' recently posted an article about my work on their blog. Check out the post HERE.

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Psychedelic Paper Art or High-Level Math?

By Sruthi Pinnamaneni

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.

"Way Out West" Public Art Billboard

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

Ghosting Volume #8 - Film screening in Los Angeles

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! Al Jarnow, Semiconductor, Jen Stark & Joe Merrell (in stereoscopic chromadepth!) And a special presentation of 16mm by: Lost and Found Film Club.  More info at http://ghosting.tv

March 29th 8pm

Ghosting Volume #8 1205 N Main St Los Angeles CA

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!

VORTEXTURAL solo show in Toronto opening July 5th

I'm happy to announce I'll be having a solo show in Toronto opening Friday July 5th from 6-10pm. If you're in the area I hope you can make it out.

VORTEXTURAL A solo exhibition by Jen Stark Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto

Opening July 5th from 6-10pm

Jen Stark Cooper Cole

For more information, please contact the gallery: INFO@COOPERCOLEGALLERY.COM WWW.COOPERCOLEGALLERY.COM +1 647 347 3316

art ltd writeup

Here is a great review of my 2012 solo show at Martha Otero Gallery. It is featured on Art ltd. Magazine and written by Shana Nys Dambrot. Check it out HERE


Jen Stark: "To the Power Of" at Martha Otero Gallery by Shana Nys Dambrot Jan 2013

Jen Stark is a woman who knows how to make an unforgettable entrance: literally. Not only has she managed a smashing debut as an official LA-based artist, moving here from her native Miami a matter of weeks before the opening of "To the Power Of;" but the most dazzling of all the hypnotic works in that show are a pair of sculptural objects carving out geodesic portals that shimmer like rainbow rifts in the fabric of space. Both the freestanding Cosmic Distortion, 2012 (standing 36 1/2 inches) and the wall-embedded recess Whole, 2012 (with a radius approximately 42 inches) are impressive feats of patience, precision, and advanced fractal mathematics that beckon viewers forward, daring them to lean further, to reach inside when no one is looking, to go in. These negative spaces contain within their receding dimensions crisply defined, twisting stacks of cut paper, orchestrated to replicate geological, cosmological, and striated optics. Engineered through a process of algorithmic measurement and chromatic zestiness, her results speak to both the mysteries of sacred geometry and funhouse psychedelia.

By way of contrast, the wall-hanging Cascade (69 inches long) is made with the same classroom-simple set of materials, but references looser kinds of fractal math, such as that which might formulate the patterns of a waterfall, or a peacockÕs feathery spread. The level of dense, tiny detail in all the work seems to defy the limited powers of the hand and eye, rendering with a microscopic precision and macroscopic perspective at the same time, laying claim to the universal fundamentals of material structure, and to the joy of pure delight. Other acrylic paint-based works reference the striated fields, or alternatively set them to dissolving in waves of layered, organic, expressive abstraction. Those paint and felt-tip on paper works are vibrant and organic and quite beautiful, like ramshackle English-style gardens infused with a jazzy palette; but it's the construction-paper constructions that possess the alluring oomph of the magical. They don't depict so much as they evoke, or reenact, the sacred geometry of crop circles and star maps--but with a whiff of light-hearted Burning Man-style paganism, a nod to schoolroom craft time, and a wallop of post-Op Art abstraction.

Mural in DC

I just completed a large mural in Washington DC called "Cosmic Explosion". The mural was commissioned by a company called Vornado and painted inside their DC office. I painted 1 large mural (about 30 ft x 20 ft) and 4 smaller murals around their office space. The mural was painted by hand with Golden Acrylic paints.

The Miami Project Fair during Art Basel Miami: New holographic work

Come check out my 2 new holographic pedestals during Art Basel Miami at The Miami Project Fair. I'll be exhibiting in booth #719 with Cooper Cole Gallery. The fair is on from December 4th-9th. Check their website for hours: http://www.miami-project.com

The Miami Project Art Fair Booth 719 / Cooper Cole Gallery 2951 NE 1st Ave. Miami, FL 33137

 DETAIL "Holographic Square" / 17" x 17" x 36" / acid-free foam board, holographic paper, glue, wood & paint / 2012

"Holographic Square" / 17" x 17" x 36" / acid-free foam board, holographic paper, glue, wood & paint / 2012

"Holographic Circle" / 20" x 20" x 35.5" / acid-free foam board, holographic paper, glue, wood & paint / 2012

To the Power Of: Installation Shots

Some installation shots from my solo show at Martha Otero Gallery. The show runs through Dec 1st, so if you're in LA come by.

(Installation view) photo by Brandon Shigeta

"Cosmic Distortion" / 22.5 x 22.5 x 36.5 in / Hand-cut acid-free paper, glue, wood, foam board / 2012 photo by Brandon Shigeta

"Prismatic Radiation" / 47 x 47 x 1 in / Wood, acrylic paint / 2012 photo by Brandon Shigeta

(Installation view) photo by Brandon Shigeta

"Whole" / 3 x 3 x 3.5 ft / Installation of hand-cut acid-free paper, foam board, glue / 2012

Martha Otero Gallery 820 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046 #(323)951-1068


Smithsonian American Art Museum: Renwick Gallery

I will have work included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery Anniversary Show called "40 Under 40: Craft Futures". The opening will be July 20th at 10am, with the curator’s talk at 12 noon, followed by a catalog signing. The show will run at the Renwick through February 2013, after which it will tour nationally at locations to be announced. You can find more information about the show and all of its artists on the show’s webpage here.  Check out a slideshow of all 40 artists here. The museum also intends to acquire my sculpture, pictured below. For more information, go to the exhibition page: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2012/renwick40/#40artists

"Power of Being" / 64" x 25" x 5" / acid-free colored paper on wood / 2011

The Smithsonian American Art Museum: Renwick Gallery