An installation by LA-based artist Jen Stark!
February 2020 – Ongoing
Jen Stark’s art is driven by her interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries. Using materials such as paper, wood, metal, paint, vinyl, or mirrored steel, Stark strives to make work that balances on a razor’s edge of optical seduction and perceptual engagement.
The resulting works often resemble organic, molecular, cloud-like structures, and are imbued with kinetic, undulating effects that serve to dislocate the viewer from staid reality into an immersive ecosphere of echoing patterns and the implausible designs found in nature. Even her vivid colors are in direct conversation with the natural world, inspired by the unique pigmentation of flowers encouraging pollination or the mystery of bioluminescent sea creatures and microorganisms.
For her site-specific installation at FIGat7th, translucent vinyl will extend along the railings of the upper plaza and along the grand staircase. A vivid and bright opaque vinyl will wrap the elevator shaft and her signature psychedelic drops will accent the top of the columns holding up the canopy above the grand staircase on Figueroa St. Traces of mandalas or nautili populate her design, which is punctuated by her choice of color and contrast throughout. The impact of the translucent vinyl will transition throughout the day when sunlight coming through the vinyl casts flashes of prismatic colors along the ground adjacent to the railings.
Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983, and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating in 2005. Since then, Stark has realized exhibitions globally, with major shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand, and Canada. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and MOCA Miami, among others.
Stark lives and works in Los Angeles.