Jen Stark is taking her talents out of South Beach:
Up until now Jen Stark has been working out of her Little Haiti studio, making her a true product of the 305. So it came as sad news to find out that Jen Stark is taking her talents out of South Beach. She is leaving the Magic City for La La Land, Los Angeles. She joins the list of local artists that have set up their production base out of town. The list of local artist that have left our city is as follows: Daniel Arsham and Kiki Valdes are now at the 212/New York City. Much has been published lately internationally about the work of Miami artist Hernan Bas. But guess what? He is based in Detroit now and that’s what makes the press. Finally now Jen Stark will head over to L.A where Miami artist Bert Rodriguez now calls home. How disappointing!
Actually lets be realistic. This poses a good question. Miami can’t actually claim the status of cultural hub if our own artists are leaving us. So why are they leaving? What can Miami do to keep artists from leaving? Any answers? I have some. For one get a Ph.D program available at one of the local universities. Another would be to recruit creative geared companies to set up their base in Miami. Right now, most advertising, fashion, architectural jobs are either in NYC or L.A. Finally, Miami needs to have a major museum with major works or contemporary and historical value that provoke education, innovation and research.
I’ll be moving to LA this summer and have a solo show there at Martha Otero in September. Very excited for the future!- Jen Stark in Wonderland Mag interview
source: Wonderland Mag