Stephen Prina (b. 1954)
Vinyl II (2000)
Born 1954 in Galesburg, Illinois; lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Los Angeles, California
With canny clairvoyance, Stephen Prina makes art based on a self-conscious relationship to the past, present, and future. Using a variety of media, his work addresses the afterlife of artworks in art’s distribution channels: its institutions, its market, and its historiography. These shifting sites of art’s post-studio reception—frequently beyond the discharge of artists’ intentions—take center stage in Prina’s production. Prina has also released music through popular-music channels under his own name and as part of the band The Red Krayola.