Frances Stark, Proposal for a Peace Poster, 2017
Silkscreen print with deboss elements
67 × 67 cm
Edition of 10 + 2APs
Stark’s practice centres on language, particularly the written word. Using drawing, collage, Powerpoints, video and performance, she articulates the ways in which the graphic display of language itself carries meaning, both personal and political, questioning perceptions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture and communication. Stark navigates broad themes from the practice of writing, to pedagogy, poetics, and procrastination.
Proposal for a Peace Poster started life as a post by Stark on Instagram, which she created in response to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his heavy dependence on Twitter as a means to promote his specific brand of politics.
The edition, a two-colour silkscreen print with deboss elements, takes the Twitter logo of a stylised white dove on a sky-blue background as its departure point. To this, Stark has added the words ‘War’ and ‘Peace’, referencing Tolstoy’s great classic. Proposal for a Peace Poster is at once meditative and reactive, critiquing the socio-political climate in America under Trump, and the position of language in the age of social media.
Frances Stark holds an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and a BA in Humanities from San Francisco State University. Her videos, drawings, performances, and other works have been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts (2016), The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2015), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2015); Hayward Gallery, London (2014); the Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany (2013); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012); MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2011); Performa 11, New York (2011); Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA (2011); the MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA (2010); Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2010); Nottingham Contemporary (2009); Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2008); Secession, Vienna (2008); Culturgest, Lisbon (2008); and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2006). Her work has been featured in important international group exhibitions including the 57th and 54th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibitions (2017, 2011), 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; ); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017, 2008). Until recently, Stark was associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Southern California.
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