Martha Otero Gallery is pleased to present Jen Stark’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles,
To the Power Of.
Jen Stark’s work is instantly recognizable for its breathtaking color spectrums rendered in
mind-bending forms cut from paper, wood and other organic materials.
Stark's sculptures seemingly reconstruct elements of time, nature and the cosmos on an
exponential scale. She draws inspiration for her works from the rhythmic visual qualities
of mandalas and other such sacred objects, while they simultaneously behave like the
imagery of topographic maps, geometric repetitions and three-dimensional prisms. This
aligns directly with her interest in mathematics: ‘to the power of…’ being a statement of
exponential growth also infers the definition of ‘power’ as both the possession of
physical or mental control and the fortitude to act decisively. Her unique experience
working with fibers is displayed in her delicately constructed patterns, which resemble
the flowing movements of fabric versus the perceived rigidity her actual core materials.
Stark's unflinching attention to physical detail and a commitment to shaping the object
into something far beyond its origins result in a body of work which borders on the
With each successive individual project, Stark becomes bolder in her efforts to lure
viewers into her kaleidoscopic environments. The work stands alone as a signature
piece of superior craftsmanship and imaginative prowess, but Stark remains conscious
of how the work is inextricably bound to real space and time. In this vein, Stark pushes
the envelope of visual art production, recalling both the psychedelic experience of Op
Art and the endearment of handmade totems and mystic charms.
Jen Stark was born in Miami in 1983. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute
College of Art in 2005, with a concentration in fibers and a minor in animation. Stark was
the 2008 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual and Media Artist
Fellowship and, in the same year, won first prize at MOCA North Miami's 10th annual
Optic Nerve Film Festival. Stark's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in
Chicago, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, London and Miami. Stark has been the
subject of televised interviews for PBS Arts, WLRN South Florida and the Wet Heat
Project. Stark's work is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American
Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in
North Miami, the West Collection in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and the Cricket and Martin
Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach. Stark lives and works in Los
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