I wanted to share a closer look at PUSH Paper: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Paper Art with you, and invite you to take a special trip through the mind of Jen Stark, whose work, Spectral Zenith, is featured through the die-cut arrow on the front of the book. Simply opening the book is an experience in itself. (And that spine? It’s a gorgeous yellow linen.) Take a look for yourself, and keep reading for a chance to see one of Jen Stark’s hypnotic stop-motion videos featuring her work. You’ll be transfixed!
In PUSH Paper, Jen, one of 30 artists featured in the book, describes her work as “mathematically organic, colorful, and intricate paper sculptures.” She began exploring the creative potential of paper while studying abroad in France; it was an affordable material for the young art student during a time when the euro was high and supplies were expensive. “I went into the art store, looked around for a cheap material. . . and walked out with a stack of colored construction paper. I began experimenting, and it took off from there,” she explains.
In her opening remarks, Jen comments,”I try to make static lines and colors move, and make the viewer’s eyes vibrate.” Even within the pages of PUSH, Jen’s work seems to literally pulse off the page. When I stumbled upon some of Jen’s “papermation” videos recently, I was completely mesmerized, and wanted to take you along on the journey. It’s a chance to travel “through” her work, tunneling and spiraling into her vibrant creations; a rabbit hole of epic–and rainbow!–proportions. I hope you enjoy and would love to hear what you think: about Jen’s video, her work, and your thoughts on PUSH Paper. For more sneak peeks of this book, be sure to check out my last two posts, here and here.
“Believer” by Jen Stark / Music by Dan Deacon from Jen Stark on Vimeo.