Sunday, September 02, 2007
Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
I was happy to see Mike and Doug Starn on the front page of the Times online edition today. Randy Kennedy paid their studio a visit. Don't miss the slideshow either. Here's some pics from Creative Time's studio visit with the Starns the other month.
If you've been visiting Heart As Arena for any length of time you know that I've a real affection for their work. I think that people mistakenly try to dismiss them almost as payback for being hot in the late 80's. It's about the work, and the work kicks ass. The Starn brothers constantly find new ways to address impermenance. Plus it's jaw-droppingly beautiful. Smart and beautiful. (Hey! It's like the Geena Davis of the art world.) What's not to like?
I came to their work late (Par for the course.) through knowing Mike's wife. Luckily, I came to it just in time for their show of old and new work at Castelli a couple years ago. Now there's some irony. Their work: it's always new. Something might have been taken away from the object by decay, but that only means that something has been added to the art. It's always becoming more complete as it fades forward. Oh, I like that.
And this, and this from their excellent show at Wood Street in Pittsburgh last summer.