A portrait of the late music icon in signature purple. The piece reflects 3 pop princes. Prince, Richard Prince, and a Disney Prince. The Mashup of pop “prince data” creates the new fictional icon… Prince Richard Disney.
Although googling prince yields 1000’s of examples of “prince data” and I believe that their no longer exists a hierarchy in the idea, definition or example of a “prince”, I do believe that there is a universal familiarity in Prince Rogers Nelson. As a fan of his music and genius I wanted to do a piece celebrating his life after passing last year. The color is a tribute to purple rain and the ring pattern overlay is my reverence for Vinyl records and it is comprised of 106 rings for each of Princes single releases during his career.
He is regarded as "one of the most revered artists of his generation" according to the New York Times. He is known for appropriating other people’s work. At a recent show in New York he printed other people’s Instagram photos after adding a comment and sold them for $100,000 each. Starting in 1977, Prince photographed four photographs, which previously appeared in the New York Times. This process of rephotographing continued into 1983, when his work Spiritual America featured Garry Gross's photo of Brooke Shields at the age of ten, standing in a bathtub, as an allusion to precocious sexuality and to the Alfred Stieglitz photograph by the same name. The girl drinking soda in the background references a fashion photo show by Richard Prince in 1986 which he was accused of stealing and reflects the idea that no individual owns pop. In this case I am presenting the idea of reappropriating earlier appropriation. The targets on her eyeglasses are homage to pop artist Peter Blake’s famous piece, The First Real Target from 1961. The repetitive background pattern is indicative of Warhol’s influence in the original pop movement and the subtle sexual playful pairing or the girl and the soda is a nod to the work of Mel Ramos.
The overlay of the Disney Princes is indicative of the lack of diversity in Hollywood specifically animation. It addresses two questions: 1) what prevented Disney from creating a black Disney prince? 2) Why have they not created a black Disney prince before? There wasn’t an African American prince so I assigned the primary focus of the piece to one… Prince.
Ultimately the blending of this pop “data” creates a new pop icon born of the RGB universe … Prince. Richard. Disney.
34 x 34 inch GLASS: The glass can be mounted to the wall via 4 one-inch standoffs (included). Negative or white space is transparent. Light reflects multiple translucent shadows onto the wall creating a 3d optical illusion and giving the pieces a sculptural feel.