Attracted to Light
Big Bambú structures, built from “random chaos” with thousands of bamboo poles lashed together with miles of rope, reveal the invisible architecture of life weaving into a habitable sculpture. Installations of Big Bambú include the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the 54th Venice Biennial; the Teshima Triennial; and the MACRO Museum, Rome.
Blot Out the Sun
‘Light is power, knowledge, it is what we want, it is what we need… black is not only the lack of light, black is also the complete absorption of light… Black is the void and reservoir of what we want and need, what controls us’
- Mike & Doug Starn. ‘Attracted to Light’. Powerhouse books. New York. 2003.
Carbon prints are known for their saturation and incomparable depth, qualities that are further enhanced by the process of layering of the carbon pigments that creates the suggestion of three-dimensionality. The sculpture-like quality of the prints as well as the apparent process of the peeling off of the particular layers, direct the viewers to the theme that is often present in Starn works: the impermanent quality of the world around us. In this context, the print is not only a mere illustration of the concept, but it becomes its embodiment as well. The brothers explain: “We always felt that since, in photography, physical reality was directly and perfectly captured, the real world should be apparent in its realization.”⠀
The No-mind not-thinks no-things
"In the thinking about the act of Not Thinking, and considering the phrase ‘the no mind not thinks no things’ and the puzzle presented: the no mind not thinks no things things from the perspective of artworks as objects – can be seen simply as things, but if you consider the conundrum of the rest of the phrase in the positive it can imply that the noun No Mind in the act of Not Thinking of No Things brings into being these Things that must not be thought about because they are no thing things.” – Doug & Mike Starn
The no mind not thinks no things thing
Commissioned for the 15th anniversary of the gallery, Doug & Mike Starn's ‘The no mind not thinks no things thing’ are made of many layered images, set within sliding panels. The use of translucent materials (Kozo - a Japanese tissue) together with the moving panels, allow and encourage interaction. Repositioning, reordering and rotating the screens to arrive at one of the 15 ‘solutions' - moments where elements of the image are silhouetted through the multiple layers.
Structure of Thought
“The mind is an interpreter of constantly fed information. Your mind decodes and understands information based on a lifetime of constructions, memories, desires, and learning. Vision doesn’t work like a camera; vision is a construction. The structure of thought is a living dendritic mess, a mass of intersections and layers.” – Doug & Mike Starn