Hey hey, My my
DIMENSIONS 20" x 16" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 25, 2014
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Michael Phelan employs art historical and mass media references to re-contextualize mundane and disparate icons of consumer culture. This self-titled print addresses the contemporary American landscape and the role language plays within a certain context. Recalling Neil Young's famous songs, 'Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)' and 'My My, Hey Hey (Into the Blue)' from his 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps, this print is perfect individually or as a set. Inspired by the rise of punk and what Young viewed as his own growing irrelevance, the songs' iconic lyrics "it's better to burn out than to fade away" became infamous after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide note ended with the same line.
Framing option is wood frame with titanium finish, 3/4" wide flat face and 1 1/4" deep, with UV acrylic glass.