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Heather Sparks

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Fluffblonde, 1998-2003 Scanned Hair, Digitally Printed on Transparent Vellum 15' X 12' X 25' X 10' (approximately) © heather sparks
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Fluffblonde (Detail) Digital Print of Scanned Hair on Transparent Vellum 15' X 12' X 25' X 10' (approximately) © heather sparks
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Fluffblonde Digital Print of Scanned Hair on Transparent Vellum 15' X 12' X 25' X 10' (approximately) © heather sparks
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Between the Lines- Installation view with detail, 2012 Lenticular Print on Light Box. a Colorfield Breakdown of a Scanned Image of Skin. From a Distance the Print Looks Still, but Then Moves and Changes According to the Perspective of the Viewer Http://vimeo.com/35179201 36" X 72" © heather sparks
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Imitating the Horizon., 2014 Horizon Studies. Lenticular Prints Derived From Scans of the Human Body on Light Boxes. Colors Undulate, Pulse, and Change According to the Movement and Perspective of the Viewer. Depth, Striations, and Variation in Color Become Apparent as the Viewer Com 30" X 30" & Larger. Variable. © Heather Sparks
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Imitating the Horizon, 2014 Lenticular Light Box. Horizon Studies. Lenticular Prints Derived From Scans of the Human Body on Light Boxes. Colors Undulate, Pulse, and Change According to the Movement and Perspective of the Viewer. Depth, Striations, and Variation in Color Become App 30" X 30" © Heather Sparks
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Imitating the Horizon, 2014 Lenticular Print on Lightbox. Horizon Studies. Lenticular Prints Derived From Scans of the Human Body on Light Boxes. Colors Undulate, Pulse, and Change According to the Movement and Perspective of the Viewer. Depth, Striations, and Variation in Color Bec 30" X 30" © Heather Sparks
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Self Generated Blue Sky, 2013 Comparison Test Between a Blue Pixel From Scanned Skin and Blue Sky. Duratrans Print on Lightbox. 24" X 29" © Heather Sparks
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Fuzzyland. Installation View- Big Screen Project, NY, NY Video. Confetti Derived From Digital Scan of Skin, Animated to Mimic Static. NA © heather sparks
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Fuzzyland. Video Still. Video Http://vimeo.com/33575908 Confetti Derived From Scanned Skin, Animated to Mimic Analog Television Static NA © Heather Sparks
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Within My Nature, 2009 -2011 Video Still Variable © Heather Sparks
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Within My Nature. Video Stills, 2009-2012 Video (stills) Http://vimeo.com/10888450 NA © heather sparks
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Within My Nature. Video Stills., 2009 Video Still Derived From Digitally Manipulated Scan of Skin NA © Heather Sparks
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Cosmogenic. Self Derived Planetary Studies. , 2001. Planetary Studies Derived From Digital Scans of Hair and Skin. Based on Hubble Telescope Stamp Series From the US Post Office Variable. © Heather Sparks
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Cosmogenic. Self Derived Planetary Study, 2001. Planetary Study Derived From Digital Scan of Skin. Based on Hubble Telescope Stamp Series From the US Post Office 63" X 45" © Heather Sparks
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Cosmogenic. Self Derived Planetary Study, 2001 Digital Scan of Hair, Manipulated to Resemble Hubble Telescope Photo Prints Variable Sizes © heather sparks
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Cosmogenic. Self Derived Planetary Study, 2001 Digital Print of Scanned Skin, Manipulated to Emulate Hubble Telescope Image 64" X 36" © Heather Sparks
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Ream, 2000 Installation. Digital Prints of Scanned Skin on Vellum 300' X 11.5" © Heather Sparks
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Clover Merkin (video still) Video Http://vimeo.com/33578172 NA © Heather Sparks
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Big Return Project, 2013/2014 Installation. Wall Mural. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 25' X 15' © Heather Sparks
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Big Return Project, 2009 -2012 Http://cargocollective.com/bigreturn Social Sculpture, Real Time Performance and Online Project- Video, Photography, Performance NA © Heather Sparks
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Counterfeit Invitations. Turner Prize. 2001, 2000 - ongoing Counterfeit Invitations. Edition of 50 Archival Prints From a Series of Prints of Various Invitations Solicited From Friends and Aquaintances. Ongoing Project That Uses the Effluvia From Highly Anticipated Events to Address Inclusion and Status. Invitatio Variable © Heather Sparks
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It colors your life. A coloring book of drinking and smoking. , 2004-2014 A Cultural Study of England and California. 350 Drawings of People Engaged in Drinking and Smoking and Related Activities. Recently Exhibited at Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University. Carter Presents, London, UK, Scope, Miami Basel. © Heather Sparks
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It colors your life, 2005 Ink on Vellum. From a Series of 350 Drawings. Ultimately the Drawings Became a Kind of Silent Graphic Novel/coloring Book of Drinking and Smoking. Forward by Esther Windsor Http://www.estherwindsor.com/ugly_beast_pages/ub_drinking_and_smoking.html and 8.5" X 11" © heather sparks
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Girls Gone Wild Watercolors, 2007-2011 Watercolor Paintings of Images From Girls Gone Wild Video Stills 17" X 12" © Heather Sparks
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Girls Gone Wild Watercolors, 2007-2011 Watercolor Paintings of Images From Girls Gone Wild Video Stills 17" X 12" © Heather Sparks
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Disport, 2000 Sound Machine That Interprets a Scanned, Pixilated Image of Skin as Sound. Installation View, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA 3..5' X 2.5' © Heather Sparks
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Tom's Twister. Installation detail. , 2000 Self-generated Centrifuge. Scanned Skin and Hair, Printed on Vellum, Encased in Laminate. 5’h X 3’w. Installation View, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA 3.5' X 5.5' Variable © Heather Sparks
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Farm- Fiberglass Animal Resource Management Collaborative Performance Project Utilizing Fiberglass Horses, Cyber Suits, and Museum Spaces. a Corporate Identity Was Also Created for This Project, That Addressed Status and Access to Rarified Spaces. Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, CA & McPherson Center, Variable © Heather Sparks
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Farm- Fiberglass Animal Resource Management. Collaborative Performance Project Utilizing Fiberglass Horses, Cyber Suits, and Museum Spaces. a Corporate Identity Was Also Created for This Project, That Addressed Status and Access to Rarified Spaces. Berkeley Museum, Berkeley, CA & McPherson Center, S Variable
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Quick Facts
Schools
Stanford University, 2007, MFA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1994, residency program
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 1994, BFA
Kala, residency program, 2001
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)
Tags
installation, realism, video-art, landscape, performance, modern, photography, digital, abstract, graffiti/street-art, figurative, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

Transformation, transition, regeneration, and the balance between strength and collapse, stability and destruction, are themes that shape my work. I am guided by an investigation of scale, and the relationship between micro and macro elements. These elements exist simultaneously within my work as a way of addressing the often contradictory forces and influences within social behavior, stereotypes, pop cultural trends, psychoanalytic theory, and economic dynamics: weakness within strength, quiet subversion, and violence within order.

I often use myself as a base material to become a kind of locator to address dislocation, self-sufficiency, narcissism, want, power plays, self-actualization and social responsibility. Through breaking myself down into an abstract building material, I seek a vantage point that is simultaneously myself and other, in order to explore the ways in which in which perspective shapes perception. This work is formed by a process that has involved using low-tech tools, like home printers, and software designed for the consumer market, as well as industrialized standards of allure, as a template for artistic practice. My practice includes video, sound pieces, large-scale digital prints that become sculptural components, and participatory, socially engaged work that directly address corporate culture and consumer fantasy through projects that explore human impulse through meditative action.

Heather Sparks is a conceptual artist whose work spans sculptural installation, video, drawing and socially engaged projects in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and has been included in the Valencia Biennale, “Observatori”, in Valencia, Spain, the Lyon Biennale, in Lyon, France. Recent projects have been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston College, UK, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the Sotheby’s Institute NY, NY, and the Atomic Testing Museum- Smithsonian Museum, Las Vegas. 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. She has been a Kala artist in residence, and is a Skowhegan alumni. Heather received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994, and a MFA from Stanford University in 2007.

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