A native of New Orleans, Prince’s art is steeped in the rich rue of the Crescent City’s traditions that merge the syncopations of jazz and blues music and the didactic contemporaneous voice of hip-hop culture. The philosophy of his work hinges on the funerary tradition of the Dirge and the Second Line. For Prince, the funerary tradition is synonymous with loss and recovery. Ideologically he professes that we must grapple with the hurt (Dirge) and the scars of the past in order to foster a communal resurrection (Second Line) and break the “cycles” of hate and replace it with love.
The Cycle exhibition is comprised of Conte Crayon and graphite drawings and linoleum and lithographic prints on paper. This is Prince’s first solo exhibition at SJG.