Jeff Stark’s site works emphasize the significance and spectacle of collective experience. His diverse projects range from secret dinners to full-scale theatrical productions that make sometimes unauthorized use of public and private spaces.
He writes and directs plays, makes short films, prints, and books, and organizes large groups of artists. His projects are collaborative and often self-produced. He has worked with Todd Chandler on the large-scale installation Empire Drive-In, and with several artist groups and collectives, including the Miss Rockaway Armada, Swimming Cities, Madagascar Institute, Rubulad, and Flux Factory.
His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and News Hour, as well as by international media organizations like ARD Germany, the BBC, and NHK in Japan. His 2017 project Up at Noon was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jeff Stark is also the editor of the long-running Nonsense NYC, a weekly email list for independent art and Do-It-Yourself events. The New York Times said it delivers “an unending sense of people thinking big — extravagantly, even — and all for nothing.” “Thanks to him,” said New York magazine, “what might be a series of unrelated events feels like a movement.”
He teaches art and design at NYU and Parsons.
On The Dreary Coast
New York Times. A River to Hell, Reeking but Rhapsodic, by Alexis Soloski, 2014.
On Empire Drive-In
New York. Reasons to Love New York, by Jada Yuan, 2013.
Hyperallergic. A Drive-In Theater Built From Our Empire of Trash, by Allison Meier, 2013.
On Nonsense NYC
Brooklyn Based. Indie Publishers: Jeff Stark of Nonsense NYC, by Nicole Davis, 2011.
NY Times. Downturn Hasn’t Dimmed the Weird Nightlife, by Susan Dominus, 2008.
Reporting the Arts II: News Coverage of Arts and Culture in America. Below the Radar: Covering the Arts Underground, by Douglas Wolk, 2004.
On the Sweet Cheat
NY Times ArtsBeat. Jeff Stark and ‘The Sweet Cheat,’ by Melena Ryzik, 2010.
On IRT: A Tragedy in Three Stations
NY Times. In the Subway, Moving Theater, in More Ways Than One, by Vincent M. Mallozzi, 2009.
On Miss Rockaway Armada and the rafts
NY Times. Art Down the Mississippi. At Least, That’s the Plan, by David Carr, 2006.
Art Lies. Extraordinary Gestures: The Perfomane of Politics at the Borderland of an Absolute, by Noah Simblist, 2007.
On Secret Dinners
Miami Herald. It’s Art, It’s Dinner. Most of All, It’s Fun, by Glenn Garvin, 2011.
Village Voice. Proving Your Metal, by Silke Tudor, 2006.
The Sunday Times. The Greatest Show Unearthed, by Jasper Rees, 2010.
Epicurious. Dumpster Dining, by Michael Y. Park, 2007.
NY Times. At a Dumpster Diver’s Meal, Sharing the Grub, by Colin Moynihan, 2010.
On the Idiotarod
Wall Street Journal. On Brooklyn Streets, Shopping Carts Roll in a Renegade Derby: Teams Dodge Potholes, Police in Race to Manhattan; Cobra’s Bag of Dirty Tricks, by Joe Barrett, 2006.
On working in New York
New York Times. They Say Art Is Dead in New York. They’re Wrong, by Alan Feuer, 2014.
Gothamist. Inside An Illegal Party In An Abandoned Subway Station Deep Under NYC, by John Del Signore, 2013.
Time Out New York. Street Fighters: The Architects of NYC’s Unscripted Spectacles Claim the City as Their Playground, by Dan Avery, 2007.
Souldish. Jeff Stark Gives the Low-Down on NYC’s Underground, by Jonathan Phillips, 2006.
I live in New York City.
This is how to contact me:
Phone: + 1 718 530 0735
I’m also on:
The Dreary Coast
The Sweet Cheat
IRT: A Tragedy
Miss Rockaway Armada
New York harbor