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Heather Sparks

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Stanford University, 2007, MFA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1994, residency program
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, figurative, graffiti/street-art, abstract, digital, photography, modern, performance, landscape, video-art, realism, installation


Blowing myself up digitally comes from a rote need to transform. Playing with the micro and macro is a way of addressing the way in which individual perception shapes social stereotypes, surface reads, as well as other social dynamics related to class, gender, and various types of economies.

I intentionally utilize technology that is accessible to many people as a way of addressing the commonality of human experience that underlies sociological and technological shifts. 

Heather Sparks is a conceptual artist whose work spans installation, sculpture, and video as well as drawing and painting. Heather’s work has been exhibited internationally, and was recently screened at the Sotheby’s Institute in New York in conjunction with Jeremy Blake and Haluk Akakce. Her work can currently be seen on the Big Screen Project on 6th Avenue in New York, and was recently exhibited at the Atomic Testing Museum, Smithsonian Museum, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas and Creative Time, NY. She has been included in the Valencia Biennale, “Observatori”, in Valencia, Spain and in the Lyon Biennale, in Lyon, France. Her work has been reviewed and featured in Flash Art, World Sculpture News, Art Papers, LA Times, Herald Tribune, Ha’aratz, Studio Magazine, Camerawork Journal of Photographic Arts, Surface Magazine, Architecture Now, Der Freund, SF Bay Guardian, Slash Seconds, Opium Magazine, Zing Magazine, and other publications. Heather received her MFA from Stanford University in 2007. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, received a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship in 1994, and was a Kala artist in residence in 2000. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, and her book “It Colors Your Life: A Coloring Book of Drinking and Smoking” is scheduled for publication in 2012. Her work will be exhibited at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery and Ictus Gallery, SF, in January 2012.

Recent Exhibits

Heather Sparks participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 5 Year Anniversary Group Show
Ever Gold Gallery
Nov, 2013 All Good Things…
SOMArts Cultural Center
Sep, 2013 Incursion/Recursion
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Oct, 2012 Pencil
Carter Presents, London
Feb, 2012 Vast and Undetectable Discovery Day
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (main site)
Jan, 2012 Vast and Undetectable
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (main site)
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