Jonathan Prince, in collaboration with Cynthia-Reeves Projects of New York, was selected to contribute a monumental sculpture to the Newport Beach Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition at the Newport Beach Civic Center's 14-acre ocean-view site. Red, a work carved from African black granite, was installed on April 27 and will remain on view through August of 2016.
260 submissions from artists located worldwide were received and juried by a local selection committee consisting of up to three Newport Beach Arts Commissioners, two local arts professionals (Dan Cameron, Interim Director and Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art and Richard Turner, Artist, Professor, and Co- Director of The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University), and Christina Varvi, art conservator of Rosa Lowinger & Associates, Los Angeles and Miami. Prince was one of ten artists chosen to participate in the exhibition.
Red is a bi-concave disc form with a mirror-polished surface designed to reflect the environment in which it sits. The reflected images morph and distort, pulling the viewer from the illusory comfort of perceived order. Red is a part of Prince’s ongoing series entitled States of Matter, a body of work that represents the artist’s interest in exploring the ways in which we perceive materials – or phases of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma) – and our understanding of how such materials behave and influence our lives.