Twin brothers Doug and Mike Starn (American, b.1961) were born in New Jersey, and both earned MFAs at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1985. They specialize in photography and photo-based mixed-media works, which include materials such as Plexiglas, wood, nails, and transparency film. The Starn brothers typically reinterpret traditional or famous images from art history, and incorporate them into their unique style of art. Their work is often collaged with scotch tape and push pins holding everything together, a decidedly low-tech approach to creating various works of high-art. The artists have exhibited at numerous venues internationally, including solo shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY; Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Kagawa, Japan; the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, CA.

Timeline

Born in 1961 in New Jersey
Live and work in New York

Exhibitions

2010
Gravity of Light & Big Bambú, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USA (solo)
2009
Doug and Mike Starn – Middlebury, College Museum of ART, Middlebury, VT (solo)
2009
Big Bambú, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2009
Galerie Bhak, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
2008
Gravity of Light, Wood Street Galleries (at the Pipe Building), Festival of Firsts, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (solo)
2008
Thordén Wetterling Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden (solo)
2008
Attracted to Light, Steele Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, USA (solo)
2008
alleverythingthatisyou, David Weinberg Gallery in conjunction with Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, IL, USA (solo)
2007
Doug and Mike Starn: Black Pulse 2000-2007, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA (solo)
2007
alleverythingthatisyou, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2006
Galeria Metta, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2006
alleverythingthatisyou, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA (solo)
2006
Opposition of Coincidents, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2006
alleverythingthatisyou - Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA (solo)
2006
Absorption + Transmission, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands, The New World Museum, Houston TX, and the Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (solo)
2005
Impermanence, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NY, USA (solo)
2005
Absorption + Transmission, The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. (solo)
2004
Bug-Eyed: Art, Culture, Insects, Turtle Bay Contemporary Art Center, CA
2004
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
2004
Open House: Working in Brooklyn”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
2004
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
2004
Gravity of Light, Färgfabriken Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden (traveling exhibition) (solo)
2004
Behind Your Eye, The Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase University, Purchase, NY (traveling exhibition) (solo)
2004
Toshodaiji, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Japan (solo)
2004
New Works, Björn Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2004
Attracted to Light, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (solo)
2004
Doug & Mike Starn, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
2003
Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran’s Photography Collection, The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C
2003
How Human, Life in the Post Genome Era, International Center of Photography, New York, New York
2003
Recycling Lucifers Fall, Houldsworth Gallery, London, England
2003
Wetterling Gallery 25th Anniversary, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2003
Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
2003
Attracted to Light, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, California (solo)
2003
Absorption of Light – Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (solo)
2003
Galerie Bhak, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
2002–2003
PhotoGENEsis: Opus 2, Santa Barbara Museum of Art