The Arsht Center commissions an artist to create a new work of visual art
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly announces that contemporary artist Jen Stark has been selected to create a new work of visual art inspired by the Arsht Center that will be part of the Knight Masterworks Print Collection of the Center.
Stark, originally from Miami, has exhibited his multicolored abstract paintings and paper sculptures around the world and his work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others.
Titled Neon Vortex, Stark’s new work is a seven-color, hand-drawn, UV-treated fluorescent screen print on 290 gsm 100% rag paper measuring 24 by 30 inches. The production is limited to an edition of only 150 prints and 10 artist’s proofs. The print will be available for purchase starting in December.
Stark’s “Neon Vortex” is the fourth installment in the Centre’s Knight Masterworks Print Collection, which also includes Kenny Scharf’s Miamor, Hernan Bas’s Downhill at Dusk, and the inaugural work in the Red Poppies collection by celebrated American contemporary artist Donald Sultan. .
Proceeds from the sale of the prints will benefit the center’s ongoing visual arts program. Those interested in purchasing a piece from the collection can contact Aric Kurzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-468-2000.
In addition to the print, Stark will create a site-specific installation at the Arsht Center that will become a “selfie” spot for center guests. The installation features an imaginative fluorescence reflecting Stark’s signature style and will be located on the second level of the lobby of the Ziff Ballet Opera House. The installation will be completed by January 10.
Stark has exhibited worldwide with major exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand and Canada. His work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and MOCA Miami, among others.
Jen Stark was born in Miami and earned her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fiber and minoring in animation. Her works mimic intricate patterns and colors found in nature while exploring ideas of replication and infinity.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to produce a new work for the Knight Masterworks Print collection. I wanted to create a design that emphasizes the Arsht Center’s position as a creative catalyst for Miami by symbolizing it at the center of the artwork and illustrating its impact with lines radiating and morphing outward,” Stark said.
“Stark’s signature multicolored geometric designs share an exuberance with Miami’s colorful street life and vibrant cultural community – both of which have certainly influenced this formidable artist,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the center. “The Arsht Center is proud to welcome Stark to his hometown where his work will be exhibited for the enjoyment of others in the Knight Concert Hall.”
This announcement is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Arsht Center and Fredric Snitzer that bridges the visual and performing arts. In addition to distributing the prints, Snitzer helps select artists for the collection and develops special projects and events focused on promoting the entire Knight Masterworks Print collection.
The Arsht Center launched the Knight Masterworks Print Collection in 2012 to commission visual artists to produce limited edition prints that would become a permanent art collection. This project was started with a three-year Knight Foundation grant totaling $90,000, and in 2016 the project became self-sustaining. Commissioned artists enjoy creative freedom for their creations and draw inspiration from the Arsht Center’s diverse programming and Miami’s thriving art landscape. All pieces produced are on public display in the lobby of the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center. Audiences can see the art up close before performances and during free backstage tours offered each Monday and Saturday at noon. Tours are sponsored by American Airlines.
As Miami’s newest Town Square, the Arsht Center is also home to Brava!, a gourmet restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmer’s Market. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.
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