Jen Stark

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Jen Stark (born 1983 in Miami, Florida) is a contemporary artist whose majority of work involves creating paper sculptures. She also works with drawing and animation. Her work draws inspiration from microscopic patterns in nature, wormholes, and sliced anatomy.[1] She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA majoring in Fibers with a minor in Animation.[2]

Stark’s ideas are based on replication and infinity, echoing patterns and intelligent designs found in nature. Since expanding her medium from paper to include wood and even mirrors, Jen Stark's oeuvre of optically and methodologically baffling sculptures and drawings has enjoyed a renaissance of context. Her signature creations combine a variety of materials that have acted as a catalyst for more established spiritual proclivity as expressed through hypnotic mandala-like configurations. Jen Stark has exhibited her works in various galleries around the U.S. as well as the Girls' Club Collection, FL, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami. She was a recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual and Media Artists Fellowship in 2008. Stark lives and works in Miami, Fl. jen stark has been inspired by many things around the natural world such as infinity, topographical maps, fractals, designs in nature, microscopic patterns, wormholes and sliced anatomy. these appear often in her work as the shapes in the paper-cuttings as they represent dimensions such as spirals and circles.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

2012
To the Power Of / Martha Otero Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
2009
The Beginning of the End / LMAK Projects / New York, NY
2008

Little By Little / Heaven Gallery / Chicago, IL
Primaries / LMAK Projects / New York, NY
When The Colors Awoke / Bas Fisher Invitational / Miami, FL

Group exhibitions[edit]

2010
Legal Tender / Martha Otero Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
Dadarhea / O.H.W.O.W / Miami, FL
Florida Contemporary 2010 / Naples Museum of Art / Naples, FL
Jen Stark & Rory Macarthur / Carol Jazzar / Miami, FL
SUBject/subJECT / Subliminal Projects / Los Angeles, CA
The Real Thing / Ipswich Art Gallery / Ipswich, Australia
Free Size / Sinudom Screen-printing Factory / Bangkok, Thailand
Friends of Friends / GARFO Art Center / Salt Lake City, UT
Floating World Animation Fest / Show Cave Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
Compelled / Root Division / San Francisco, CA
2009
An Art Exhibition With a Cause / Fredric Snitzer Gallery / Miami, FL
Abstract Cinema / Museum of Contemporary Art/ North Miami, FL
Collective Compulsions / Johansson Projects / Oakland, CA
2008
Under the Influence / Girl’s Club Collection / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Optic Nerve X / Museum of Contemporary Art / North Miami, FL
Thirteen/08 / Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Portals / Johansson Projects / Oakland, CA
In Effect / Ambach & Rice / Seattle, WA
2007
Littlest Sister / Spinello Gallery / Miami, FL
Waves / Civilian Art Projects / Washington, DC
Confluence / Fredric Snitzer Gallery / Miami, FL
Tiger in a Tropical Storm / Riviera Gallery / New York, NY
Life Size / Scion Installation Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
Potential / Twenty Twenty Projects / Miami, FL
The People Under the Stairs / Locust Projects / Miami, FL
2006
4th annual Flip-Book Festival: International Traveling Exhibition /
Little Cakes Gallery, NYC, NY; Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Reg Vardy Gallery, UK
Parallel Cities-Group Group show / Iron Studios Gallery / Chicago, IL
2005
The Yard at Casa Lin / Casa Lin / Miami, FL
Artscape / Mount Royal Avenue / Baltimore, MD
Co operate / Bas Fisher Invitational / Miami, FL
Picture Window / Outdoor Installation on abandoned house / Baltimore, MD

Awards[edit]

2008 Winner of the MOCA North Miami Optic Nerve 10th annual film festival
2008 Recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual and Media Artists Fellowship
2007 Recipient of an Artist Enhancement Grant through the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Collections[edit]

Museum of Contemporary Art / North Miami, FL
The Goldman Collection / Miami, FL
The West Collection / Oaks, PA Microsoft Art Collection / Redmond, WA
The Girls' Club Collection / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Sagamore Collection / Miami Beach, FL
Fredric Snitzer Collection / Miami, FL
Debra and Jeff Wechsler Collection / Miami, FL
Eric Wareheim Collection / Los Angeles, CA

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wired , Jen Stark's Paper Sculptures Explore Fractals, Wormholes, and Dead Bodies, May, 2008.
  2. ^ Official website , Jen Stark, May, 2008.