Chea Prince

Lowe Gallery

Chea Prince is one of a number of Atlanta artists who have sought theoretical models in French poststructuralist philosophy. He draws on the eroticism of Georges Bataille, while his debt to linguistic philosophers such as Jacques Derrida is reflected in the irritating tendency to title his works with French puns and to write self-deconstructing artist’s statements. The pieces themselves are mixed-media compilations of Pop art, mass-media imagery, figural references to artists such as Robert Indiana, Marcel Duchamp, and Jackson Pollock, and literal references to bondage, domination, and sexual anatomy.

Pas d’au delà (No beyond, or Step beyond, 1989) is a huge multi-panel piece that features canvas cushions, a portrait of Andy Warhol, a black-on-black abstract painting, and several male butoh dancers, including one with a three-dimensional black dildo projecting from his crotch. The entire

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