A Poem For Ray
DIMENSIONS 23.9" x 40" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2013
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Sternberg's work addresses humankind within the context of a false American dream, relating freedom to consumerism and the effect of this mentality on the environment. The original large-scale painting, A Poem For Ray, was featured in a 2013 show in Wainscott, New York. The title references the piece's interwoven text: a poem the artist wrote to Ray Johnson about the state of the world and the view from a bridge in Sag Harbor, NY - the same bridge Johnson later jumped off of to complete his 'last performance.' Hints of gold representing synthetic wealth are painted over by a dark blue, which Sternberg describes as "the earth taking itself back, the seas rising and blue becoming a beautiful dominate presence."
Framing options are black or white painted wood, 3/4" wide flat face and 1" deep, with UV acrylic glass.