Richard E. Prince
Canadian, b. 1949
The Procession of the Aurora Borealis, from the series Northern Lights, 2001
wood, glass, plastic, paint, copper, brass, steel, stainless steel
(1) Tree Cart: 254 x 61 x 71.1 cm; (2) Drift Cart: 25.4 x 61 x 48.3 cm; (3) Sled Cart: 110.5 x 121.9 x 86.4 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the artist in memory of the Beaulieu family of St. Boniface
2006-178.1 to 3
Since 1978 Richard E. Prince has been creating a series of work that references the aurora borealis, the natural phenomenon that he has yet to witness for himself. For Prince, this series has largely been a product of literary imaginings and the world of dreams. Prince is more interested in creating an allegory for the wonder we feel when experiencing spectacular yet elusive natural occurrences. The Procession of the Aurora Borealis is an installation work in three units and its purpose is to “conduct” the northern lights. The three carts made of molded snow hold gifts, including technological dream catchers that can bring down and capture the primal and magical green and pink elements that make up the northern lights.