Doug & Mike Starn

Mario Diacono Gallery

Since their move from Boston to New York last spring, Doug and Mike Starn have been working on a series that explores the possibilities of photographic materials and the tensions inherent in the medium. The work in this exhibition pushes photography to the edge of sculpture, examining the tension between the surface of the print and the photographic image. Four works based on a photograph of a classical statue of a horse and rider taken by Mike Starn at the National Museum of Athens last summer pit the physical material of photography against the formal qualities of the picture. The Starns have traded in their signature battered, fragmented, and taped arte povera-like images. Now their basic grounds are large sheets of transparent Ortho (polyester resin) film. In Horse and Rider of Artemision (large) (all works 1989), the Ortho film is combined with silicone, wood, steel, iron pipe, and

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