As a settler inhabiting the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, I dedicate my research-based practice to the immanent critique of mainstream paradigms. My work attends to how strategies of intervention, extrapolation, repetition, and recombination of existing narratives serve to challenge the myths necessary to maintaining the status quo: How art can create friction to rupture and destabilize normative narratives; How art can leap into the past to re-situate present cultural, social, and political configurations; How art’s speculative fictions can open the door to an equitable future.


Curriculum Vitae
2011 Meisterschuler, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
2001 Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2022 Unsettled Histories. Burnaby Art Gallery, Canada
2021 Unsettled Histories. Klondike Institute for Art & Culture, Dawson City, Yukon
2018 Sans Sans Soleil. Wil Aballe Art Projects & VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2018 The Chorus. Cinematheque, Vancouver, Canada
2014 Costumes for the Chorus. Tyler Wood Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2013 The Kidnapper’s Opera. Cinematheque, Vancouver, Canada
2013 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Return of the Repressed. Malaspina Printmakers, Canada
2008 Malcolm X/J.D. Salinger. Richmond Art Gallery, Canada

2018 It’s difficult to put a painting in a mailbox. Libby Leshgold Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2017 What is the pressure? What is the temperature? Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada
2015 Looking Back at You: Masks by Artists. Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada
2014 Khoj International Artists Association. New Delhi, India
2014 Edinburgh Art Festival Film Club. Edinburgh, Scotland
2013 Janice Guy/Luis Ospina/Dan Starling. The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada
2013 Some Woolley Buzz. Publication Studio, Vancouver, Canada
2013 The Book Lovers. M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Netherlands
2011 Run, comrade, the old world is behind you. Kunsthall Oslo, Norway
2011 we are nowhere and it is now. Occupy Space, Limmerick, Ireland
2011 Still Films. Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT, Canada
2010 New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 From the Collection: Is Only the Mind Allowed to Wander. Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
2009 How Soon is Now? Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
2009 Celebrities of the Self. Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada
2008 The Alliance for French & American Relations: The Lecture. The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
2007 Pop Philosophy. Access Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 International House Gift. articule ARC, Montréal, QC, Canada

2022 Unsettled Histories. The Burnaby Art Gallery, Canada
2018 The Chorus. Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
2014 The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory. New Documents, Los Angeles, USA
2014 The Part of No Part. Brick Press and 221A, Vancouver, Canada
2012 Group Search: Art in the Library. Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Vancouver, Canada
2009 How Soon is Now. Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
2008 Malcolm X: An Introduction. Richmond Art Gallery, Canada
2006 How of Write a Book Of. Projectile Publishing, Vancouver, Canada

2020 David Maroto, The Artist's Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts, Mousse Publishing
2020 Maya Peniazek, “Maya Peniazek in Conversation with Dan Starling,” Decoy Magazine, Jul. 6
2018 Erin Ward. “The Chorus Experiments with the Connection Between Art and Politics,” Beatroute, Feb. 7
2016 Aaron Peck. “Vancouver at the Movies”. Canadian Art. Fall
2015 Steffanie Ling. “2015 Critic’s Picks”. Akimbo. Dec. 10
2014 Stéphane Bernard. “Beyond the Printing Press”. Issue, Number 3, Volume 3, Autumn
2013 Michael Turner. “Swarm Celebrates Vancouver’s Artist-Run Autumn”. Canadian Art. Sept. 25
2013 Graeme Abernethy. The Iconography of Malcolm X. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press
2011 “Die Zeitung als Ort der Künstler”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 12, 2011, P. 43.
2008 Robin Lawrence. “Dan Starling: Malcolm X/J.D. Salinger,” The Georgia Straight, Apr. 3
2007 Maria Fusco. “Looking Back: Books.” Frieze. No. 104. January 2007
2006 Vanessa Kwan. “Group Search: Art in the Library,” C Magazine, Issue 92, Winter

2020 Jelena and the Magic Flute [Stephen Waddell, Claire Geddes Bailey, Luke Parnell, Rosamunde Bordo, Michael Lachman, Tom Richardson, Marina Roy, Rowan Melling, Diyan Achjadi, Stephanie Gagne, Shelley Rothenberger, Liljana Mead Martin] CSA Space, Vancouver, Canada
2013 The Part of No Part, [Julia Feyrer, Tiziana la Melia, Willie Brisco, Lief Hall, Sam Forsythe]. 221A Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2007 Between You and the Thing Itself, [Robert Arndt, Raymond Boisjoly, Matthew Booth, Heidi Johansson, Kyla Mallett, Jeremy Todd]. Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2021 Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, August
2019 DABF19: Publication Scaffold, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, curated by Sean Lynch, November
2018 Simon Fraser University, English 821: Digital Fantasy, Prof. Clint Burnham, October
2018 Writer’s workshop, Artspeak, Vancouver, March
2016 NSCAD University, Printmaking Department, Halifax, NS, March
2016 Emily Carr University, PRNT 323: Book The Democratic Multiple, Prof. K. Slade October
2015 “The Chorus”, Western Front, Vancouver, October
2014 “Reading: The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory”. Or Gallery. August
2014 “Myfanwy Macleod, Or There and Back Again”. Vancouver Art Gallery. May
2013 “Grande Finale: The Part of No Part”. 221A. August
2013 “Revolting Rhyme”. Malaspina Printmakers. January
2013 “Aaron Peck: Scrivener’s Monthly”. The Western Front. January

2019 Self-Directed Residency, The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
2015 Media Arts Residency, The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
2012 Curatorial Residency, 221A Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2012 Research and Production Residency, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver, Canada
2009 Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, Como, Italy (professor Walid Raad)

2014 Sobey Art Award, Longlist Finalist West Coast & Yukon
2010 Project Grant, British Columbia Arts Council
2009 Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2005 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Award, Emily Carr Graduate

2022- Burnaby Art Gallery Advisory Committee
2014-2018 Board Member, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver, Canada (President 2016 – 2018)
2005-2008 Board Member, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (Chair 2007-2008)

Assistant Professor, The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, The University of British Columbia, Canada