In the first of the Scholl Lecture Series, artist Simon Starling will speak about his artistic process and, specifically, about his large-scale installation, Inverted Retrograde Theme, USA (House for a Songbird), 2002, that traces the paradoxes of modernist architecture in the Caribbean.
The installation, recently acquired by PAMM through a gift from Dennis and Debra Scholl and currently on view, presents the artist’s interpretation of how modern notions failed when confronted with reality via his metaphorical use of caged birds.
Starling’s piece references experimental music theory, modernist architecture and social issues in the Caribbean and, with subtle irony, often draws from social experiences and current events to create works that allude to the narratives left behind by modernism.
Starling graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1992. He was the recipient of the Turner Prize in 2005, and has works in prestigious collections around the world. He has presented numerous critically acclaimed solo exhibitions, including Simon Starling: Metamorphology, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2014); Simon Starling: Recent History, Tate St. Ives, England (2011); and Simon Starling: The Nanjing Particles, MASS MoCA, North Adams (2008–09). Select group exhibitions include the Yokohama Triennale (2014); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archeology, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013–14); A Place Out of History, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2010); Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009, Barbican Art Centre, London (2009); Capturing Time, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009); and Altermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London (2009).Starling lives and works in Copenhagen.
The Scholl Lecture Series, named for a generous gift from Dennis and Debra Scholl, includes annual talks by artists, scholars or curators that engage the audience in meaningful conversation about work in PAMM’s permanent collection and exhibitions.