Collected Writing: 1993-2003
This book brings together many of Stark's texts for the first
time, including essays on artists and text pieces. Stark's writing is
not specifically sited in visual art, but is rooted in the condition of
contemporary life, encountering along the way literary tradition, music
and philosophy. These provide the backbone to much of her thinking, as
do the problems faced by being both an artist and writer today. These
themes are presented through a pseudo-autobiographical style that frequently
presents itself as poetic musings, creating meandering, off-centred texts
that are often humorous and at the same time highly readable.
This book also includes facsimiles of "The Unspeakable Compromise
of the Portable Work of Art" as well as specially designed pages
by Stark, making this anthology a fascinating insight into the artist's
practice. Includes a forward by Matthew Higgs.
Softcover, edition of 2,000, b&w with special colors, 160 pages, 8
1/2 x 11 inches, 2003.
The Architect & The Housewife
This book unfolds as a sequence of interrelated texts that consider,
among many other things, the varying roles that gender acts out in contemporary
art practice. Stark's wry, humane and often playful text examines the
inherent tensions—both emotional and social—that operate
at the juncture where the private and the public meet. She indexes a
bewildering, seemingly infinite range of cultural references, that includes:
Oscar Wilde's The Critic as Artist, Danish "Modern"
furniture, domesticity, the studio, loneliness, consumerism, Ikea, the
family, friendships, the spectacle, modernism, the avant-garde, Romanticism,
architecture, Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, home economics,
public art, Daniel Buren, marriage, tattoos, R. M. Schindler, E.H. Gombrich
and—perhaps most significantly—scatter cushions.
Softcover, 36 pages, 1999.
SOLD OUT! THIS BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT, HOWEVER YOU CAN FIND THE SAME TEXT WITHIN FRANCES STARK'S COLLECTED WRITINGS BOOK ABOVE.