& Mike Starn
64 Union Street 718.522.7027
Brooklyn, NY 11231 718.522.7029 Fax
United States www.starnstudio.com
Doug and Mike Starn were born in New Jersey in 1961. Identical twins, they work collaboratively with photography and continue defying categorization, effectively combining traditionally separate disciplines such as sculpture, photography, painting, video, and installation.
In spring 2009, the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit unveiled See it split, see it change by Mike and Doug Starn. The work is permanently installed in the South Ferry subway terminal. The approximately 250-foot long work, ranging from 9 to 14 feet in height, presents the artists’ iconic tree photographs, and a leaf transposed into fused glass. Marble mosaics and a water jet cut stainless steel fence punctuate the station’s main tree landscape. See it split, see it change is Doug and Mike Starn’s first-ever public commission.
In addition to their large Red Hook studio, the Starns are currently building Big Bambú at the former Tallix foundry acting as a laboratory studio space in Beacon, New York. Big Bambú is a seminal architectural installation and constantly evolving construction, formed by a network of more than 2,000 fresh-cut bamboo poles lashed together. This colossal artwork bridges the realms of sculpture, architecture and performance. This Beacon space allows the artists to explore in depth the dialogue and interconnections with their photomicrographs of snow crystals—shot during snowstorms—from the series alleverythingthatisyou and their revival of the late 19th century color carbon printing process in correlation with their works from the late 80s and 90s. Through their carbon-prints, the Starns mingle gilding techniques to the painterly photo-process, and further advance their metaphorical lexicon on light with photographs of Buddhist statuary they took at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Gravity of Light, a solo exhibition by the Starn brothers featuring seven monumental photographs illuminated by a single, blindingly bright carbon arc lamp recently was inaugurated in the United States on the occasion of The Festival of Firsts—Pittsburgh, last fall. Originally commissioned by the Färgfabriken Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden in 2005, plans are in the work for a potential exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2010; Gravity of Light would be displayed extra-muros and would coincide with the presentation of Big Bambú, to be exhibited inside the Museum.
Attracted to Light, To Find God, not the Devil’s Insides and alleverythingthatisyou are the Starns’ most recent monographic publications. A special Carbon Arc Lamp Manual will be available as an on-site printing scroll, throughout the domestic tour of Gravity of Light. The Starns have received critical acclaim in The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Flashart, amongst many other notable media.
Doug and Mike Starn’s art has been the object of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide including the 1987 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, New York; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and, the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, the Netherlands. The Starns have received the following honors: two National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1987 and 1995; The International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 1992; and, artists in residency at NASA in the mid-nineties. The Starns major artworks are represented in public and private collections including: La Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; amongst many others.