Institute of Contemporary Arts presents a new edition by Frances Stark.
Stark’s practice centres on language; its’ use and meaning. Combining this with imagery, Stark navigates broad themes from writing, to procrastination; internal emotional states, failure, success, pedagogy, poetry, literature, philosophy and everything in between.
‘Proposal for a Peace Poster’ started life as a post by Stark on Instagram, which she created in response to Donald Trump’s (now successful) presidential campaign and his heavy dependence on Twitter as a means to promote his specific brand of politics.
The edition, a two-colour silkscreen print with deboss elements, takes the Twitter logo- of a stylised white dove on a sky-blue background- as its departure point. To this, Stark has added text, ‘War’ and ‘Peace’, clearly referencing Tolstoy’s great classic. Stark utilises this method of literary quotation throughout her studio practice, using well-known lines from seminal works to question internal states of being. ‘Proposal for a Peace Poster’ is at once both meditative and reactive, critiquing the socio-political climate in America under Trump and the position of language in the age of social media.
Frances Stark is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her collage, drawings, videos, powerpoints, performances, and paintings have been extensively exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. In 2017 a new suite of her paintings were included in the Whitney Biennial, her The Magic Flute project premiered at LACMA, and an earlier work was featured in the 56th Venice Biennale.
In 2015, Stark was the subject of a sprawling mid-career survey titled UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 that opened at The Hammer Museum before traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as Intimism, a survey of her video and digital works at The Art Institute of Chicago. Stark’s work has been included in exhibitions at many of the most prominent museums in the world. She participated in the 2013 Carnegie International, the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York, Galerie Buchholz in Berlin, greengrassi in London, and Marc Foxx in Los Angeles. Stark recently resigned her position as tenured professor in the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design.
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