Los Angeles-based artist and writer Frances Stark (born 1967) addresses the doubts and anxieties of creative labor, in self-portraits that she elaborates into cross-disciplinary explorations of language as both subject matter and material. The elliptical, digressive style that typifies her writing is echoed in the experience of her installations, in which themes emerge across brief citations from pop music and literature.
Interlinked works, often hand-drawn, or hand-inscribed, are executed with a formal vulnerability and fluency of composition that affirms the observation posed in this volume's title. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, this anthology offers a selection of the Los Angeles-based artist's writings from 1997 to 2010, including important out-of-print and hard-to-find texts.
João Ribas is Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. He was previously Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2009-2013), and Curator at The Drawing Center, New York (2007-2009).
He is the winner of four consecutive AICA Exhibition Awards (2008–11) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). His writing has appeared in numerous books and publications such as Artforum, Mousse, Art in America, and ArtReview. His recent publications include Cheyney Thompson (Walter Koenig, 2013); Amalia Pica (MCA Chicago, 2013); Otto Piene: Lichtballett (MIT List, 2012) and an edited volume of the writings of Frances Stark (MIT List, 2010).
A visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide, he currently teaches at the Yale University School of Art, and has taught at School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).