Frances Stark
Out of print

The Architect & The Housewife

Frances Stark (1999)

Out of print

Frances Stark’s The Architect & The Housewife unfolds as a sequence of interrelated texts that consider − amongst many other things − the varying roles that gender acts out in contemporary art practice. Stark’s wry, humane and often playful text, examines the inherent tensions − both emotional and social − that operate at the juncture where the private and the public meet.

The text, which opens innocuously enough, as a gentle riff on domesticity soon unfolds to reveal a promiscuous tangle of associations. The Architect & The Housewife indexes a bewildering, seemingly infinite range of cultural references, that includes: Oscar Wilde’s The Critic as Artist, Danish ‘Modern’ furniture, domesticity, the studio, loneliness, consumerism, Ikea, the family, friendships, the spectacle, modernism, the avant-garde, Romanticism, architecture, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, home economics, public art, Daniel Buren, marriage, tattoos, R. M. Schindler, E.H. Gombrich and − perhaps most significantly − scatter cushions.

Out of print.

The Architect & The Housewife | Stark, Frances; | Commission: Publish and Be Damned | ISBN: 978 1 870699 40 2 | Price: Free | Classification: Experimental writing; | Format: Offset printing; | Extent: 36 pages | Edition: 1,500 copies | Dimensions: 200 x 155 mm | Designer: Secondary Modern; | Printer: Lithosphere, London