Stephen Prina: Modern Movie Pop
Concerto for Modern, Movie, and Pop Music for Ten Instruments and Voice
Edited by Laura Fried.
For 30 years, Stephen Prina (born 1954) has enjoyed a simultaneous career as a visual artist and as an acclaimed musician, both under his own name and with The Red Krayola. Having kept his artistic interests separate from his musical pursuits for decades, Prina has now begun to synthesize the two endeavors. Presenting recent work in multiple media alongside his music for the first time, Modern Movie Pop pairs an artist-designed booklet, documenting his exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, with a live audio recording of the world premiere of his latest concerto, "Concerto for Modern Movie, and Pop Music for Ten Instruments and Voice"--a complex amalgam of his own pop songs and soundtracks. For this exhibition, Prina achieved the dovetailing of his art and music by suspending richly painted monochrome window blinds behind a carpeted video lounge, creating a "movable stage spectacle."