California Dreamin’ 08
DIMENSIONS 15" x 20" MEDIUM Archival pigment print, acrylic and watercolor on Hahnemuhle German etching paper
Hand-embellished series of 16, 2022
Signed and dated by the artist en verso
ABOUT THE WORK
The California Dreamin’ series explores the possibilities originating from a circa 1650 map of California as an island. The works hint to natural environmental forces and humankind’s grand dreams. They broadly represent Sternberg’s conceptual opus ‘The Free Republic of California’ in which he enacts an agitprop public movement via exhibitions, dedicated website, propaganda factory, educational program and presentation of a comprehensive legal and budgetary system to demonstrate what a more enlightened society could look like. Each work is unique and hand-embellished by the Artist.
Cole Sternberg was born in 1979 and lives and works in California. His practice contemplates humanity’s existential quandary: that of being hopelessly destructive, yet forever and inevitably linked with nature. Through varied media (including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film and writing), Sternberg positions the aspirations of humankind against the dominant and regenerative forces of the environment and the arbitration of time. For the artist, the conclusion is unavoidable. Human enterprises -- art, language, history, law, and republic -- are ephemeral / illusory endeavors that attempt to reflect, parallel, and challenge the ascendency of nature to no avail. His works are held by major collections throughout the world, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), the American University Museum (AUM) and Deutsche Telekom. He has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Praz Delavallade (Los Angeles) and Yeo Workshop (Singapore).
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