The Contemporary Art Gallery shows Frances Stark’s "My Best Thing "

artwork: Frances Stark - "My Best Thing", 2011 - Digital video, duration 99 minutes - Courtesy the artist, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NYC; Greengassi, London; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne. - On view at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver from February 3rd until April 15th.


Vancouver, Canada.- The Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present “My Best Thing” (2011), Frances Stark’s first feature-length animation. Initially presented in ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale, this recent work has rapidly gained critical attention. Using transcripts of an on-line relationship between Stark and two random strangers, the video unfolds to build an intimate portrait of the artist and her creative process. It continues Stark’s ongoing concerns with expectation and gender infused with notions of doubt, anxiety and musings on the general state of things. “My Best Thing” is on view at the gallery from February 3rd through April 15th. While arguably best known for her works on paper, where such issues are seen through the lens of writing, drawing and collage, her videos and performance pieces likewise comprise a forceful component in her overall artistic proposition. In “My Best Thing” two naked online avatars are pictured, a man and a woman, playmobil-like figures wearing discrete fig leaves for modesty.