Cristina Grajales Gallery announces
Mike and Doug Starn: Sits Like a Man, But Smiles Like a Reptile
April 28th – June 2nd, 2017
Cristina Grajales Gallery is pleased to present Sits Like a Man, But Smiles Like a Reptile, the first exhibition of Bambú furniture by Mike and Doug Starn.
Consisting of several stand alone pieces composed primarily of bamboo and rock climbing chord, Sits Like a Man, But Smiles Like a Reptile is an outgrowth of the Big Bambú installation series that premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2010 where it was the 9th most attended exhibition in the museum’s history. Since then, Big Bambú has been exhibited in museums around the world and experienced by over 2 million people.
Big Bambú was conceived as an artwork not simply to be looked at, but as a social space that immerses one in an experience filled with tactile interaction. Incorporating ascending pathways to elevated living rooms, lounges, and performance spaces, Big Bambú is a habitable sculpture. The pieces featured in Sit Like a Man, But Smiles Like a Reptile expand on this concept. Created with the same techniques and materials as the iconic sculpture series, the collection of chaise lounges, benches, and peacock chairs are imbued with the same values as Big Bambú, but on a more personal, intimate scale.
Identical twins Mike and Doug Starn were born in 1961. First having received international attention at the 1987 Whitney Biennial, for more than 20 years the Starns were primarily known for working conceptually with photography and are concerned largely with chaos, interconnection and independence. Over the past two and a half decades, they have continued to defy categorization, effectively combining traditionally separate disciplines such as photography, sculpture, and architecture, most notably their series Big Bambú.
Their work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. They have received many honors including two National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1987 and 1995, The International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 1992, and artists in residency at NASA in the mid-nineties. They have received critical acclaim in the New York Times, Dagens Nyheter, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, The Times (London), Art in America, and Artforum amongst other notable media outlets. Major artworks by the Starns are presented in numerous important public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF), Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (NYC), The Jewish Museum (NYC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), The National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Yokohama Museum of Art (Japan), La Bibliothequè Nationale (Paris), La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), The Israel Museum Jerusalem and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
For more information, please contact Lindsay Johnson at email@example.com.
Cristina Grajales Gallery
152 West 25th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10001
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