This spring, identical twin art stars Mike and Doug Starn, who wowed crowds on the rooftop of the Met in 2010 with their "Big Bambú" sculpture, are again showing their work in a whole new way. You won't see their latest creation on the walls of a Chelsea gallery or in a museum. Instead, just head to the nearest multi-plex and buy a ticket to see Noah or Spiderman 2.
In Noah starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, director Darren Aronofsky commissioned the Starns' to use "Big Bambú" as inspiration for the ark's scaffolding. In Spiderman 2, you can see two of the Starns' large moth images installed at the villain's headquarters.
Here's what you need to know the brothers' cinematic ascent:
- Doug and Mike Starn have captivated the art world since they made their debut at the Whitney Biennial in 1987.
- Their early work—photographs known for an otherworldly ghostliness—showed the Starns' conceptual focus on chaos and interdependence. Later studies, particularly their "Big Bambú" series, have built upon this initial conceptual theme while introducing new elements rooted in architecture and sculpture.
- These monumental bamboo installations have been exhibited globally, and each iteration brings the series to life in a different way. Permanent "Big Bambú" sculptures can be seen at the MACRO Museum in Rome and the Naoshima Contemporary Museum in Japan. Their next permanent "Big Bambú" installation will be unveiled on June 10th, 2014 at Jerusalem's Israel Museum.
Jamie Knowles is the founder & creative director of online art destination and e-commerce site, FolioCue.com, where you can see more of Starns' art and shop the style guide.