June 18, 2013 — September 20, 2013

Cat Videos 1999 - 2002

Frances Stark


Frances Stark, Cat Videos, video still, 1999 - 2002.

In Frances Stark's Cat Videos 1999 - 2002, the artist's cats are featured playing and lounging in her apartment. The videos are a result of Stark being inspired by the visual pleasure of watching her cats and the way their movement changed her perception of her domestic surroundings. By utilizing the soundtrack of one diegetic song per video, the life of the domestic cat - which usually involves no plans or action - is framed, and then elevated as a work of art. The videos, produced pre-Youtube in 1999-2002, predict our current extensive consumption and emotional responses to online cat videos, and unintentionally explore the rise of rapid attention span as a response to current technologies.

Frances Stark (b. 1967 in Newport Beach, California) is based in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from Art Center College of Art and Design (Pasadena, California), and is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts (Los Angeles, California).

Stark has held solo exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands; the Hammer Museum, UCLA; the Banff Centre, Canada; CRG Gallery, New York; Kunstverein Munich; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; greengrassi, London; and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. Her work has been presented at the 54th Venice Biennale, the 2008 Whitney Biennial and in group exhibitions at museums and galleries including Gagosian Gallery, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the CCAC Institute, San Francisco; and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.


All images and videos: Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; and greengrassi, London.

June 18, 2013 —

September 20, 2013


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