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November 10, 2013 — December 15, 2013

Gallery Two

My Best Thing

Frances Stark

Exhibition

My Best Thing explores how current communication technologies allow for both greater intimacy and anonymity, giving rise to new kinds of behaviors and relationships. First presented at the 54th Venice Biennale, the video is a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, constructed from interactions in online video chatrooms.

The female protagonist's flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into topics such as film history, politics, and protest, and the conversations transform the participants from strangers into confidants and collaborators. The video was produced by using a text-to-speech animation program called Xtranormal, which Stark found online.

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).

Frances 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.

Learn more about Stark and her work by visiting her website.

All images: Video stills from My Best Thing. 2011. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; and greengrassi, London.

November 10, 2013 —

December 15, 2013

In Gallery

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