LECTURES: Wed, January 15, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Marcelyn Gow
Jen Stark’s sculptures seemingly reconstruct elements of time, nature and the cosmos on an exponential scale. Her artwork is instantly recognizable for its breathtaking color spectrums rendered in mind-bending forms cut from paper, wood and other organic materials. During her presentation, she will explain her art process and her works relationship to math, science & the universe. She will reveal universal designs in nature that have the same shapes regardless of their size: from the shape of a huge galaxy, to fractals and tiny microorganisms under a microscope. Stark also draws inspiration for her works from the rhythmic visual qualities of mandalas and other such sacred objects, as well as the imagery of topographic maps, geometric repetitions and 3-dimensional prisms.
American artist Jen Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibers with a minor in animation. Her kaleidoscopic artwork brings to mind fractals, rainbows, geodes and topographic maps. Although Stark is most recognized for her paper sculptures, she has explored a variety of media including wood, drawing and animation.
Stark’s captivating sculptures can be traced back to a study abroad trip in the south of France, during which a declining dollar forced Jen to choose an affordable art medium with great potential. Using her vivid imagination and an X-acto knife, she is a modern day magician who transforms humble materials like construction paper and glue into fantastic, intricate sculptures that mesmerize the eye. Her optically and methodologically baffling sculptures, animations and drawings gather inspiration from plants, outer space, microscopic designs in nature, color, math and science.
A new exhibition, Lobby Urbanism, curated by SCI-Arc design faculty Bryony Roberts, with Maia Simon and Sophie Jonson, opens tonight at the Architecture Center, Houston (ArCH) with a panel discussion followed by reception.
Roberts' show examines how tower lobbies function as interiorized public spaces, connecting surface streets, underground tunnels, and interior commercial spaces. She focuses on four Houston case studies that have the potential to activate both interior and exterior public space: One Allen Center, 1000 Main, Wells Fargo Plaza, and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The exhibit features architectural drawings and models of the overall network of tunnels and lobbies, as well as drawings of proposed design interventions.
The show opens with a panel discussion tonight, featuring architects, developers, planners, and community development organizers who will discuss the potential for architecture to create more accessible public space in the Houston downtown area. Bryony Roberts will present ideas behind the exhibition, Kristopher Stuart from Gensler and Joel Ambre from Skanska will discuss the new Skanska tower downtown, Douglas Oliver from Morris Architects will describe the new Marriot Marquis Convention Center Hotel, and Albert Pope of Rice University and Susan Rogers of the Community Design Resource Center will offer their responses.
Read more about the show at aiahouston.org.