Manhattan Lobbies Love Jonathan Prince

Posted: Saturday, 26-06-2010

Jonathan Prince's sculptures simultaneously evoke the work of 20th century fine art masters like Constantin Brancusi and Jean Arp, and ancient archeological artifacts.

Principally, his work is concerned with exposing the stone's latent power through large-scale, universally iconic forms. Ellipses, spheres and cubes are intentionally interrupted by the artist’s hand to infer a sense of discovery of something ancient.

His dark matter-inspired cube resides in the "Minskoff Collection" highlighted in today's AK Files.

Prince refers to this body of work as "Fragments". In the series, he suggests a form, but does not fully fabricate the piece.

Rather, his partial articulation allows the mind to complete the widely recognizable shapes, asking his audience to be active, rather than passive, viewers. He often exaggerates the "broken" edges by adding gold and palladium leaf.

The highlighted texture creates a dynamic tension with the highly polished, sumptuous black stone--Prince's medium of choice. His interest is in creating forms that are a visual marriage of the archaic and the contemporary.