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December 10, 2004  

An Evening with Stephen Prina

As part of his solo exhibition at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Stephen Prina presents as evening of music, festivities, and film.

First, a screening of Vinyl II, a film commissioned for “Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, February 29-May 7, 2000, by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.” A music film scored for string quartet, horn, and voice, Vinyl II is shot in the same style as a documentary, using two galleries at the Getty as readymade sets and recording the music performances live, on camera. The tightly orchestrated motion-controlled zoom, tracking shot, and pan constitute an essay in the exclusions as well as the inclusions that accompany the film apparatus in its travel. It might even serve as a letter of unrequited love if the lyrics were actually heard.

A reception will follow in the ground level gallery, at which time Stephen Prina will perform pop songs about love, sex, and death, for guitar, piano, electronics, prerecorded sound, and voice. There will be a special featured guest. In “Artforum,” March 1999, Mike McGonigal said, “Prina’s voice creeps into your life like a strong mustard—you’re not sure you like it at first but soon you’re sticking it on everything.”

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