Object Lessons


"In large paintings, photographs, performance, and a 16mm film, Denise Prince gives lessons on the logic of fantasy and the grammar of girls and boys as she demonstrates the rules we use to define the meaning of the terms of reality and to identify the value of the objects we see there. Logic lets us quantify and identify unknown occurrences by assigning an admissible range of values, meanings, or significances. Grammar lets us assign and read these instances of meaning. Prince makes a bold and evocative space in which we can imagine and reconstruct the naive, youthful wishes we used to identify ourselves and to read our world. As children desperate to know about the hidden world ahead, we accept both the conflict and the confidence offered to us if only we become an object assigned a value within another's desire: then the lesson can begin."   Charles Merward