Frances Stark's newest video installation, Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention Is Free, debuted at the 2013 Carnegie International and is inspired in part by Bobby, a self-described resident of “planet ’hood” who has become the artist's "student, model, apprentice, and guide." Legendary west coast gangster rapper DJ Quik (née David Blake) also plays a role. Lyrics written by Stark are set to Quik's music and projected onto a wall mural with over 80 images. A visual index for the mural is provided in each of the five take-away posters.
Frances Stark was born in Southern California in 1967 and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 1993, and currently teaches at the University of Southern California. Solo exhibitions have been presented internationally at MoMA PS1, New York; Performa 11, New York; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK; Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; and Secession, Vienna, Austria.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new booklet, Trapped in the VIP (2014), which publishes both the textual transcript of Trapped in the VIP and/or In Mr. Martin's Inoperable Cadillac (2012), as well as the lyrical text from Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention Is Free (2013).
Featured tracks are "Catch-22" from the album Trauma (2006) and "Fire and Brimstone" from the album Reading the Book of David (2012).