Doug and Mike Starn
Doug and Mike Starn are American artists, identical twins, born 1961. First receiving international attention at the 1987 Whitney Biennial, the Starns are primarily working conceptually with photography for the past two and a half decades. Concerned largely with interconnection and interdependence, chaos, time, organic systems and structures. They continue defying categorization, effectively combining traditionally separate disciplines such as photography, sculpture, architecture. Their 2010 installation Big Bambú :You Can’t, You Don’t and You Won’t Stop, roof garden exhibition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art was the 9th most attended exhibition in the museum's history. Throughout the 6-month exhibit, the Starns and their crew of 10-16 rock climbers continuously lashed and sculpted over 7,000 bamboo poles, a performative architecture of randomly interconnected vectors forming a section of a seascape with a 70’ cresting wave above Central Park. Big Bambú suggests the complexity and energy of an ever-growing and changing living organism. Other iterations of the series are in the permanent collection of the Macro Museum (Rome)--curated by Francesco Bonami--, the Israel Museum of Jerusalem, and were featured at the 54th Venice Biennale (Italy) and Teshima Triennial (Japan). Since June 2014, a new permanent installation is part of the Israel Museum Jerusalem sculpture garden: it is titled: Big Bambú: 5,000 Arms To Hold You.
The Starns were represented by Leo Castelli from 1989 until his death in 1999. Their work has been the object of numerous museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide. Gravity of Light a monographic publication (Skira/Rizzoli 2012) based on the eponymous exhibit, follows Attracted to Light (Blind Spot/powerHouse 2003) and Doug and Mike Starn (Abrams 1990) .Their pieces are represented in important public and private collections internationally. They have received two National Endowment for the Arts Grant; The International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 1992; and, artists in residency at NASA in the mid-nineties. Their first permanent installation (glass, metal, and a stone mosaic) titled "See it split, see it change," was inaugurated at the South Ferry subway terminal.
- 2014 – Big Bambú: 5,000 Arms To Hold You, The Israel Museum Jerusalem (Israel) http://www.english.imjnet.org.il/
- 2013 – Big Bambú #8, Setouchi Trieniale, for the Naoshima Museum of Art (Japan) http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/
- 2012 – Big Bambú: Minautor Horn Head, Museo Macro Testaccio Rome http://www.museomacro.org/it/enel-contemporanea-2012-big-bamb%C3%BA
- 2011 – Big Bambú, Official Collateral Exhibition to the 54th Venice Biennale
- 2010 – Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden, New York, NY.
- 2009 – See it split, see it change, a permanent installation commissioned by the Arts for Transit program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York City) for the South Ferry Subway Terminal.