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Richard Prince, detail of The Storyteller’s Cart (and the Cart of the Necessities) with Bicycle (2008-12)

Richard Prince, detail of The Storyteller’s Cart (and the Cart of the Necessities) with Bicycle (2008-12), [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Nov 10-Jan 13]

Richard Prince: Telling Stories (with digressions)

Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna BC – Nov 10, 2012-Jan 13, 2013

Richard Prince, Epistemology One: Rest on the Flight to Arcturus (2009)

Richard Prince, Epistemology One: Rest on the Flight to Arcturus (2009), mixed media [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Nov 10-Jan 13]

Richard Prince, Device to Explain Something (2007)

Richard Prince, Device to Explain Something (2007), mixed media [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Nov 10-Jan 13]

Richard Prince, Ithaka and the Black Ship (2009)

Richard Prince, Ithaka and the Black Ship (2009) [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Nov 10-Jan 13]

Richard Prince is a Vancouver artist and professor of visual arts at the University of British Columbia. Telling Stories (with digressions) showcases a new sculptural project developed over the past five years. Assembled from found objects and incorporating materials created by the artist, the series of ten objects has an almost scientific demeanour. Several are kinetic and integrate electro-mechanical parts, LED lights and sound recording.

A closer look at the series reveals allusions to literature and literary structures, with themes of travel, navigation and journey. For example, Ithaca, a wall-mounted piece, includes a small wooden boat that Prince carved from found wood into the image of the black ship from The Odyssey. The Storyteller’s Cart, a major artwork with two carts full of stage props and a mechanical theatre, exploring legends of transformation. Epistemology I and II investigate notions of how we gain knowledge through different kinds of “stories” about the world.

Prince’s sculptures have been described as having a bricoleur aesthetic for the creative and resourceful use of materials at hand. The elegant and well-considered pieces in Telling Stories are accompanied by a colour catalogue with curatorial text by Liz Wylie. Prince’s work is in the collection of the National Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Mendel Gallery.

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Mia Johnson


 Sun, Nov 4, 2012