“But what of Frances Stark,” the title of a 2009 artist’s book asks, “standing by itself, a naked name, bare as a ghost to whom one would like to lend a sheet?” The perfect fit of this artist’s name is almost enough to convince you that people are language’s instruments, and not the reverse. Katherine Satorius, “Portrait of a Bird: The Work of Frances Stark,” Los Angeles Review of Books, January 9, 2016
Frances Stark, an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Los Angeles, gives a brief overview of the evolving role of reading and the page in her work over the past 25 years, in conjunction with the Modern’s FOCUS: Frances Stark. With a wry and intelligent humor, and the ability to find value in all aspects of life, even its failures, Stark’s ideas hold the viewer in a state of looking and musing that finds its way to serious contemplation of big questions and issues of our time.
Frances Stark lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She earned an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and a BA in Humanities from San Francisco State University, and her work has been exhibited extensively, including in solo shows at MoMA PS1 and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and notable group exhibitions such as the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.