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Prince Lightning
The Long Scratch
An installation and sound work by Nathaniel Mellors

Prince Lightning is a rap-star for the British countryside. He was conceived by Nathaniel Mellors during his residency at Grizedale Arts, and inspired by the discovery of a specialist collection of rare soul records in Cumbria. The work begins with displaced soul and a displaced soul - Prince Lightning.

Prince Lightning is a romantic phantom born of generic sources. He is an attempt to mutate the pop-cultural symbol of the black soul man into 3-dimensional being. He reflects romantic notions of black culture and he also represents the desire for an alternative position to mainstream cultural influences. At the same time, because he is sourced from the limited iconography of the mainstream, he remains a flawed and tragic construction.

prince lightning - the long scratch

The work comprises photographs, music and a sculptural installation. The 12-track album The Long Scratch is an original composition featuring rare samples and Mellors' / Prince Lightning's rapping and guitar work. It plays inside a 30 foot long crucifix-shaped nest. The photographs demonstrate Prince Lightning at work on stage and in the woods. The images have a seductive but dislocated quality and alongside the music reflect upon Prince Lightning's Frankenstein-like identity crisis.

The Long Scratch is a continuation of Mellors' satirical work dealing with the processing of human interests through entertainment structures. Black Gold, Matt's Gallery, 2001 saw the artist present a series of home-made versions of cheap exploitation T.V.formats, which ranged from a gameshow, to a serial-killer documentary. Heaven's Gate, Ibid Projects, 2002 featured a cult group's attempt to use DIY technology to protect themselves against the Media's handling of their imminent mass-suicide.

A CD and LP version of the music accompanies the exhibition and is for sale.
This project was developed with Grizedale Arts in conjunction with the touring venues and is the first of a programme of consortium projects involving the partnership.
Nathaniel Mellors is represented by Matts Gallery, London.
For more information please contact or 01229 860291.
Admission Free.

5 April to 24 May 2003

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