Visiting Artist Lecture: Jen Stark

Art by Jen Stark. Above: 4 x 4 x 4, 2021, powder coated aluminum, chrome plated aluminum spacers, aluminum threaded rods, stainless steel, magnets, 48 x 48 x 48 in. Headshot:  Photo Credit: Ira Chernova, 2021.

"A Psychedelic Dive into Art, Fractals, and NFTs”

Thursday, October 20, 4:00 p.m.

Jen Stark Headshot

Lectures will be in Lawrence Hall, Room 115, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403 and will also be live-streamed and archived on the UO College of Design YouTube

Jen Stark’s art 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 are imbued with kinetic, undulating effects that serve to dislocate the viewer from staid reality into an immersive ecosphere of echoing patterns and designs found in nature. In recent years, Stark has introduced new technologies into her diverse practice, delving into the digital realm of animations, interactive projections, and distinctive NFTs. By adopting cutting-edge techniques to showcase her aesthetic, Stark activates her universe through constant adaptation and transformation.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida in 1983, Jen Stark now lives and works in Los Angeles. She has been exhibited globally, with major shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand, and Canada. Recently included as one of Fortune’s “NFTy 50,” Stark made history in March 2021, as the first female artist to make Foundation’s top 10 highest-selling NFT creatives. Her work is held in the collections of institutions such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, NSU Art Museum, and MOCA Miami, among others.