John Stark – CHARLIE SMITH london, London



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John Stark

Born 1979 in U.K.

Beneath his assured air, beneath his fanfares is hidden one who is besotted with Misfortune.

E. M. Cioran, 'Thinking Against Oneself'

Within this group of works there is a dialogue in place that is predominantly concerned with the field of 'Misfortune'. The roles of field researcher and occidental tourist are played out to create a kind of chemistry that enables the artist to freely interpret the world on his own terms. This dialectical approach intends to formulate a unique theory of creativity capable of expressing deep universal truths based on a range of well defined, although variable methods: direct observation; research conducted into speculative theologies; trespassing on private properties; averse interactions with the natural environment; misguided self-analysis; hysterical outbursts; alchemical sexual encounters; and collection of data.

John Stark, The Field, 2012, digital photography, dimensions variable
John Stark, House of Misfortune, 2012, oil on wood panel, 16.1 x 19.7 inches
John Stark, Elixir, 2013, oil on wood panel, 19.7 x 16.1 inches
John Stark, Gut, 2013, oil on panel, 16.1 x 13.4 inches