Stephen Prina: He was but a bad translation. (Parkettschoner), 2011
white beech, synthetic leather, photography
2 parts: wood: 105 x 10,5 x 1,4 cm
Motive: 40 x 30 cm, frame: 55,9 x 45 cm
Edition: 11 + 3 AP
Exclusively for the Kölnischer Kunstverein
Signed, dated, numbered
€ 1.300,- plus framework costs
During the preparations for the performance The Way He Always Wanted It VIII, which Prina realized in his solo exhibition He was but a bad translation. at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in the summer of 2011, he discovered the old wooden parquet protector for the cello of a participating musician – an aesthetic object that does not immediately reveal its function to the uninitiated. His two-part edition consists of a photograph of this wooden parquet protector with clear traces of use, and a replica of the object, which, like the original, was made of white beech wood. The spontaneity with which Prina translates details of a work into other contexts and media or appropriates coincidences and develops them into a new series of works is typical of his transdisciplinary way of working. For the artist, however, it is not only the form or the conceptual analysis of the object that is important, but above all the wear and tear of the original, its feel and its relation to everyday life, as elements that give the object meaning. Prina sees his work as an important part of reality and modern art as an exchange between aesthetics and everyday life. Especially everyday objects like blinds, cufflinks or the parquet protector are auratically charged by his presentation methods.
The internationally renowned American conceptual artist and musician Stephen Prina deals in his work primarily with translation processes between different artistic disciplines, between high and low, and includes painting and sculpture as well as music, architecture and film in his works. He often refers to special modern artists, architects or composers and develops their works further in his own works.
Stephen Prina, born 1954 in Galesburg, Illinois, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. In summer 2011 Prina had a solo exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein. Further solo exhibitions he presented at the Secession in Vienna (2011), the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2008), the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2000) and at the galleries Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Friedrich Petzel, New York. Prina is also Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, Boston.