In his works Stephen Prina sets up a complex poetics which explores the relationship between artistic production, presentation and reception. He problematizes the exchan¬ges that are always present in the space between an artwork and its art-historical refe¬ren¬ces, historical precursors and direct influences, whether these references are obscure and concealed or directly visible in the work. Prina’s works become concentrated focal points for an almost unmanageable number of references and allusions to other works, as well as various layers of contextual meaning.
The exhibition is part of the annual collaboration between Bergen Kunsthall and the Borealis Festival. Stephen Prina is also a musician, and is behind several solo releases as well as musical collaborations with among others David Grubbs and The Red Crayola. Prina’s hyper-referential praxis is also a natural element in this year’s festival, in which key concepts are memory, dreams and transcriptions.
Stephen Prina (b. 1954) lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a professor at Harvard University. Prina has had solo exhi¬bi¬tions at among other venues Artpace, San Antonio; DAAD Galerie, Berlin; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery; Museé d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; P.S.1 Museum, New York; and The Power Plant, Toronto. He has also participated in a succession of group exhibitions, for example at Documenta IX and the Venice Biennale (1990).