GALESBURG, ILLINOIS + STEPHEN PRINA
SPRUTH MAGERS LOS ANGELES
The Artist Stephen Prina,born in Galesburg, Illinois,1954, embarks on his first solo exhibition with Spruth Magers in Los Angeles. The idea of an Artist using autobiographical information in their work was a highly contested issue during his formative years at California Institute for the Arts in the late 70's, under the guidance of John Baldessari and Michael Asher. Prina's exhibition Galesburg Illinois +, merges relationships between the biographical, historical, pop cultural, his self made album, "The Ode to Galesburg," painting, sculpture, and found objects.
The artist is quoted as saying "The exhibition was really about considering whether I could embark on a autobiographical project that I would deem acceptable."
He links thematic areas of his personal life with the relationships of the Harbour LIghts Supper Club, the sculptural works of Dorthea Tanning, and the six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln by author Carl Sandburg.
The exhibition is lavishly littered with objects that all link themselves back with their origin to Galesburg, Illinois. Arcane bits of history and humorous relationships abound unfold into a cornucopia of delightful discoveries. The artist