Sto Len is a painter, sculptor, sound and performance artist based in NY. He has exhibited his paintings and sculptures internationally, including exhibitions in NY, Japan, London, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico City. In 2004, Sto co-founded the alternative arts space Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn,NY which has continually exhibited underground artists since its inception and in 2012 became a project-based non profit arts organization dedicated to expanding what the idea of a gallery can be.
In 2009, Sto performed as Lupus Yonderboy in an 8 hour piece entitled CASE along with avant composer Tony Conrad and porn star Sasha Grey (among many others) in an adaptation by artist Brody Condon of William Gibson’s sci-fi novel Neuromancer at the New Museum in New York. Around the same time, performance began to become a larger part of Sto’s artistic practice with the formation of performance art/ damaged music duo DUBKNOWDUB.
In 2011, Sto completed the Time Synch Residency at the Clocktower Gallery in NY with his sound and performance work. He has since performed under various names including Stolen Temple Pileup, Saturn Dogs and Juju Mechanix, at diverse venues such as MOMA PS1, New Museum, St. Marks Church, Ramiken Crucible, Silent Barn, and Roulette in New York, as well as Atelier Kunst Spiel Raum and the English Theater in Berlin, Theater de Chameleon in Amsterdam, Apiary Studios in London, La Société de Curiosités in Paris and Hanoi Rock City in Vietnam.
Sto’s recent works on paper subvert the tradition of paper marbling and “suminagashi” by using materials such as dirt, olive oil, hot sauce, spray paint, and polluted water to build up on his painting surface for days and weeks while preparing a piece. Lead in a meditative trance, the ink and artist succumb to the properties of the water and gravity, letting nature alter the artist’s initial strokes. The resulting artworks are textured and dimensional, infused with dirt and often pieces of the floor. Sto’s chance intervention of dirt and residue teases the decorative origin of this process, channeling Arte Povera and Dada tendencies.
contact : stoishere at gmail.com
Interview – And Of Other Things Magazine, February 2015
Grime of Passion, Daniel Furfaro, Brooklyn Paper, September 2014
Saturn Sushi by Al Burian, Vice Magazine
Interview with Vessel Magazine
NY Times Review of My Slow Called Life by Roberta Smith
Featured on “The Lookout,”Art In America
Harold’s Sketchbook review of Temple of Bloom
Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s Art Blog on the Space 1026 show
Artslant on Crooked Smiles Exhibtion
White Hot magazine interview
Art Forum on Family Room
NY Times Review of Porch Show by Holland Cotter