previews

  • Stephen Prina, The Way He Always Wanted It III, 2009, 35-mm film transferred to DVD, three Panasonic PT-LB800 projectors, two M-Audio Bx5a speakers, Kramer Audio splitter, Pioneer Pro DVD V7400 player, Monster audio cable, Baltic birch plywood, carpet. 3 minutes 9 seconds; 58 x 19 x 58".

    Stephen Prina: Modern Movie Pop

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
    3750 Washington Blvd.
    January 22–April 11

    Curated by Laura Fried

    Like Clark Kent and Superman, Stephen Prina, artist, and Stephen Prina, musician, have each customarily stepped aside to allow the other free rein. But that’s beginning to change as Stephen Prina, Renaissance man, experiments with the conjunction and recombination of his roles. Along with an orchestral composition in which elements of Anton Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments are fused with Prina’s film sound tracks and a hodgepodge of pop tunes (by Prina and others), this diverse show features monochrome paintings on window blinds and a three-channel film installation the artist describes as a “movable stage spectacle.” Arranging these and other works so that their themes bleed together, Prina promises to reveal a thoroughgoing interest not only in the interaction of various media but also in the confluence of historical, modernist, and contemporary influences.