Frances Stark’s writing and artwork—she is well known for both—physically and thematically examine the creative act. Her dense collages of empty chairs, colorful birds, lone tables, and other signifiers for artistic production are embedded in fields of white that soften with the levity of the artist’s native Los Angeles. Meticulously constructed from material that is often used to support, rather than create, art in the studio (words, tape, glassine, magazines), the images conceptually and materially consider the complicated and fraught nature of artistic creation.
Born in Newport Beach, CA in 1967, Frances Stark received an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 1993. She lives in Los Angeles, CA and teaches at University of Southern California. Solo exhibitions include Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA (2006); CRG, New York, NY (2005); Galerie Daniel Buccholz, Cologne, Germany (2004); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2002). Group exhibitions include White Columns, New York, NY (2005); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (2003); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (2000).