Credit. Inlaid printed matter with linen tape on rice paper, 57 x 31 in. (144.8 x 78.7 cm) (framed). Courtesy of the artist and greengrassi, London
Credit. Inkjet print on paper and multichannel projection with sound, vinyl text and takeaway posters, 7:20 min., Edition 3 of 5. Purchased jointly by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with funds provided by mer Museum, Los Angeles
Photo by Elon Schoenholz
A 2008 collage inspired by a letter from a friend lamenting that Stark had been neglecting her writing in favor of making art.
Credit. Mixed media on canvas on panel, 69 x 89 in. (175.3 x 226.1 cm). Collection of Nancy and Joachim Bechtle, San Francisco. Image courtesy of the artist and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
Another such origin story takes place one sunny day in an L.A. skate park in 2012, when Stark spotted a handsome man who was reading a book called “The Art of Seduction.” She struck up a conversation with him about the book, which she recalls made her think of the 18th-century writer and adventurer Giacomo Casanova, whose memoirs she was reading at the time. The two became friends of a sort; when the man, Brandon Martin, texted her weeks later to say that he’d just spent five days in jail on false charges, she, more than a little curious, picked him up at a Metro station and drove him to a friend’s house. At some point during their encounter, Stark had the idea to include Martin in an audio project for which she had been commissioned by the Frieze Art Fair. When they finally met to work on the piece, he suggested his friend Bobby could handle the recording.
The resulting artwork, based on Stark’s encounter with the two young men, was titled “Trapped in the VIP and/or In Mr.