WG.Project.14
Mike and Doug Starn, You Know the Day Destroys the Night

August 18 - September 2, 2017

Opening Reception August 17, 6-8 PM

You Know the Day Destroys the Night is a new major artwork created by Mike and Doug Starn in spring 2017. It marks the start for new series of work, exploring both a new field of interest and introducing new materials and techniques in the Starn’s practice.

You Know the Day Destroys the Night is presented in an installation setting in Wetterling Gallery’s showroom. The artwork consist of record albums and the visitors are encouraged to interact with the art and play music while enjoying the paintings.

The new series pushes the Starn’s working process further: album covers (ready mades) + painting. The idea for this series goes back to the artist’s interest in music and the esthetics of album covers when they were teenagers. It is also strongly connected to a commission for the US State Department (during the Obama administration) to create the street level facade of the new United States Embassy building in Moscow. A 30 meter long glass work created with ceramic melting transparent colors is scheduled to be installed in the autumn 2017. This artwork has been curated around the theme of exploration of the cosmos, from the space race of the 60’s up to the current collaborative explorations in the International Space Station.

The artworks now presented at Wetterling Galley are a twist on the work for the embassy, instead of outer space exploration, these works are about the inner explorations through drugs and rock music that was the backbone of the counter culture that rose during these same times. They are about the doors of perception that were opened and not closed again, and the corresponding pushback from the conservative culture censoring and jailing the mind pioneers. The rules of behavior had to be rewritten and were written in the music of the times.

This new body of work is consisting of photographic portraits and paintings, both series utilizing old record albums. In the first group of work, the grid of album covers are selectively painted over, retaining recognizable features of the original cover art. The covers have been magnetized and the LPs are still inside. The albums are meant to be taken down and played on the turntable, allowing further engagement with the artwork. In the second group, the photographic portraits are glued to cut up album covers and are also magnetized, Doug and Mike Starn encourage the viewer to move sections and flip over to the B side. The Starn’s have created portraits that continue to evolve.

Mike + Doug Starn

Since the 1980s, Mike and Doug Starn’s conceptual approach to photography, and use of unorthodox techniques, has broadened notions of what is accepted as a photograph. In a signature manipulation of materials and form, the twin brothers apply innovative printing techniques, and a vast array of materials including transparency film, plexiglass, layered fused glass panels, gilded colored carbon prints, scotch tape, wax and pushpins, to create, and intensify, their metaphorical landscapes. With the theme of light as a central component of their work, the brothers explore the physical and philosophical interconnections between subjects such as leaves, trees, snowflakes, and religious icons, with human memory, perception and thought. Working collaboratively in photography since the age of thirteen, their innovative techniques, and unique combination of sculpture, painting, and video, have defied categorization, and earned them a position of eminence within the history of art.

Born in New Jersey, 1961, Mike and Doug Starn attended The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Their work has been widely exhibited throughout the world, and represented in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among many others. They live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Other work by
Mike + Doug Starn

She Get (s high), The Armory Show 2017
Starn, The Armory Show 2017
Starn, The Armory Show 2017
Starn, The Armory Show 2017
Starn, The Armory Show 2017
Starn, Thelma 77, The Armory Show 2017
Starn, The Armory Show 2017
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Structure of Thought, 2015 Wetterling Gallery, Installation shots
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger
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Structure of Thought, 2015
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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No Mind Not thinks No Things Juju, 2013, Wetterling Gallery, Installation shots
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No Mind Not Thinks No things Juju, 2013
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Big Bambú, 2008 - ongoing project
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Structure of Thought, 2001-2008
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Ganjin, 2000-2009
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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All And Everything is you, 2006-2007
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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attracted to light, 1996-2004
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Blot Out the Sun, 1998 -
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Mike & Doug Starn / ARS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery