About the Photographer
American, b. 1961 New Jersey
Manipulations of technique and form mark Mike and Doug Starn's photo-based mixed-media art. Double Rembrandt with Steps is one of their variations on a Rembrandt portrait presumably of the painter's father. In concept and materials – plywood, nails, transparency film, plexiglass, and wood molding – this piece refers to the Starns' own father, a man interested in architecture and woodworking, as well as to their status as twins. It is also typical of their efforts to "relax" photography include using scotch tape to create their collaged work and pushpins to attach it to gallery walls. Double Rembrandt with Steps delicately transforms the art historical information that the Starns appropriate and salute.
Identical twin brothers Doug and Mike Starn were born in New Jersey in 1961. At the age of thirteen they began exploring photography, and eventually attended The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFAs, 1985). In 1988 the Starn twins exhibited their work in major solo shows in New York, and their first survey exhibition traveled to museums in Chicago, San Francisco, Hartford, and Honolulu. Today their work is widely exhibited throughout the world, and represented in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among many others.