Celebrated artist Jen Stark, known for her trippy Technicolor murals and sculptures, as well as her collaboration with pop-star Miley Cyrus, has dropped her latest installation in Downtown Santa Monica as part of the ongoing public art series ROAM, a collaboration between the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Stark, who is fascinated with colors and patterns and how they can either attract or repel in the natural realm, brings her kaleidoscope-like work to Triangle Square, the 9,000-square-foot grassy triangle on the Colorado Esplanade and Third Street (adjacent to the Sears building and Santa Monica Place.
“For this specific piece, I wanted to create a tunnel of shapes and colors that morph with each ring,” Stark said. “From one end of the sculpture the viewer will see a rainbow gradient, and when they walk around the other side it will be a black and white gradient. My artwork explores ideas in nature, often resembling patterns in evolution, geological formation, topographical maps, and sacred geometry. Through my artwork I hope to create an inspiring experience for the viewer.”
The sculpture, titled “Tunnel Vision”, is intended to be dynamic, changing depending on the viewer’s position around it.
“I'm excited to see how the public engages with it. I hope they are inspired and motivated by my artwork.”
Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibers with a minor in animation. Stark’s artwork is driven by her interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries. Using available materials — paper, wood, metal, paint — Stark strives to make work that balances on a razor’s edge of optical seduction and perceptual engagement.
The resulting works often resemble organic, molecular, cloud-like structures, and are imbued with kinetic, undulating effects that serve to dislocate the viewer from staid reality into an immersive ecosphere of echoing patterns and the implausible designs found in nature.
Not limited to the confines of museums and galleries, Stark’s diverse practice — a series of sculptural objects that rely on a commitment to process and hypnotic repetition; charismatic wall works; widely seen murals; and intricately animated films— have been exhibited throughout the world.
Stark was born in Miami in 1983, and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating in 2005. Since then, Stark has realized exhibitions globally, with major shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand, and Canada. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and MOCA Miami, among others.
Stark lives and works in Los Angeles.
ROAM Santa Monica is a rotating public art program in downtown featuring some of the most exciting and ground-breaking contemporary artists known for creating enthralling installations across the U.S.
The project is funded by DTSM, Inc. and the City of Santa Monica Arts Commission.