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BB 10/19/09-90649 (Big Bambú)

  • BB 10/19/09-90649 (Big Bambú) by Doug and Mike Starn

  • Doug and Mike Starn
    BB 10/19/09-90649 (Big Bambú)
    Color photograph
    48 x 48 inches
    Epson K3 Ultrachrome inkjet print on gelatin-coated Zerkall paper
    Location: Longwood Center, research space

    Identical twins, Doug and Mike Starn (American,1961- ...) graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1985 and only two years later received international attention at the 1987 Whitney Biennial. For nearly two decades, the Starn twins have been known for their conceptual work with photography that combines traditionally independent disciplines such as sculpture and architecture, most notably their Big Bambú series.

    Big Bambú project
    The Starn twins and their crew of rock climbers lashed together more than 7,000 bamboo poles, a performative architecture forming a section of seascape with a 70’ cresting wave above Central Park. Big Bambú suggests the complexity and energy of an ever-growing and changing living organism.

    Other iterations have been exhibited in prominent locations including the Naoshima Museum Setouchi Triennial in Japan and the Musei Macro Testaccio in Rome, as part of the 54th Venice Biennal.

    BB 10/19/09-90649  (Big Bambu)
    As a continuation of this project, the Starns made a series of photographs in their iconic style that were then taped and pinned together in a frame. The hand manipulation of these photographs is consistent with the style of photography for which they have become famous. One of these photographs, BB 10/19/09-90649, now resides within Dana-Farber space in the Longwood Center.