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 founded the alternative arts space Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn,NY which has continually exhibited underground artists since its inception and has become 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 in an adaptation of William Gibson’s sci-fi novel Neuromancer at the New Museum in New York. In 2011, Sto completed the Time Synch Residency at the Clocktower Gallery in NY with his sound and performance work. He has performed under various monikers over the years including DUBKNOWDUB, 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 and La Société de Curiosités in Paris.
Sto’s recent works on paper subverts the tradition of paper marbling by using materials such as dirt, olive oil, hot sauce, 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
Grime of Passion, Daniel Furfaro, Brooklyn Paper, September 2014
Saturn Sushi by Al Burian, Vice Magazine
In Sto’s Words, Vessel Magazine
NY Times Review by Roberta Smith
“The Lookout,”Art In America
Harold’s Sketchbook on Temple of Bloom
Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s Art Blog on Space 1026 show
Artslant on Crooked Smiles
White Hot magazine interview
Art Forum on Family Room
NY Times on Porch Show
NY Arts Magazine on 2005 show with Kelie Bowman