Sacred Space: The Art of Steve Prince, an exhibit that includes a cross-section of works by the sculptor, printmaker, and graphite artist Steve Prince that posits the work in the context of how we, societally need to operate in a “Sacred Space.”
The work endeavors to challenge the viewer/populous to decipher, and take action upon what it has interpreted within that sacred space. This body of work candidly peers into the heart of our nation by representing the human experience through historical, narrative, visual text.
A native of New Orleans, Steve’s art is steeped in the rich rue of the Crescent City’s traditions, that merge the syncopations of jazz and the didactic voice of hip-hop culture. The philosophy of his work hinges on the funerary tradition of the Dirge and the Second Line. The funerary tradition centralizes the idea of loss and recovery, which is infused in his ideology about how we must grapple with the hurt in order to get to a “Sacred Space” of healing and restoration. Each of his works reflect a keen understanding of symbolism, history, and oral traditions that challenge the viewer to ponder their agency and be active in creating a more just world.
OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK
Friday November 17, 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Light refreshments will be served
Steve A. Prince is a New Orleans native who graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana (BFA) and Michigan State University (MFA). He is an artist, evangelist, and educator and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prince’s artwork has been shown both nationally and internationally, allowing him the opportunity to speak to various cultural groups about the nature of his art.
Prince’s work focuses primarily on printmaking and drawing. He uses the black and white language with a remarkably original and innovative vision. The many rhythms of New Orleans cross-fertilized culture reflect themselves throughout Prince’s art. The rich traditions of art, music, and religion pulsate through Steve’s woodcuts and drawings. They rise up as metaphors and messages that guide the viewer into the depths of his expressive imagination.