Frances Stark, ‘From therealstarkiller #64’, 2014, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Frances Stark exhibits pieces from her Instagram account, @therealstarkiller, in order to demonstrate the artist’s power to bestow meaning upon an image that is typically lost among an endless stream of media. The densely packed writing in this work speaks to Stark’s interest in the way language is used to codify our world. Stark has exhibited extensively across North America and Europe, including two, mid-career retrospectives at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in addition to a recent exhibition at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NY

About Frances Stark

Using casein, carbon, spray paint, and gouache, Frances Stark transforms the mundane into poetry. Language, as both content and raw material, is a central theme in her austere paintings, works on paper, collages, and drawings. For Stark, the creative self is a performance, what she calls "a torment of follies" full of doubt and uncertainty and tinged with occasional transcendence. In one body of work, she used sentences and phrases from Robert Musil’s novel, The Man without Qualities, which she repeated vertically to create dense fields of lines and color. In addition to the text, she collaged different images such as old computer punch cards and pictures from a Microsoft calendar program onto the pieces.

American, b. 1967, Newport Beach, California