Stephen Prina, Artist
The Second Sentence of Everything I Read Is You: Mourning Sex
All the components of this work by Stephen Prina travel in crates that are transformed into benches and situated in the middle of the installation. A recording of a song composed and performed by the artist, with lyrics consisting largely of quotations from and about the late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres from a book edited by Julie Ault, plays through the sound system. The crates and carpet bear the stains and scuffs incurred through repeated movement in and out of storage and shipping to exhibition venues around the world. A meditation on memory and loss, the work also evokes ideas about emotion and influence, individual and collective experience, and how the perpetual interchange of expression and reception marks a definitive aspect of culture.