The art work shown above by Richard Prince is from his Monochromatic Jokes project which are jokes silkscreened onto canvas. The work was created over several years between 1987 to 1994 and was one of his most iconic series. In the series he was reflective of the “borscht belt” humour which was widespread during the 1950s. They discuss social preoccupations of the national subconscious.
I thought that this work by him was interesting in conjunction to some of the images I took of the cars at Ace Cafe which had stickers on them.
These aren’t necessarily jokes but are meant to be somewhat comical. They’re displayed on their cars, and unlike Prince’s work they’re stickers rather than on canvas, however the cars they’re on can be seen as canvas’s which people use to express themselves.
As a side project I would like to gather images of the stickers people put on their cars as I think that they’re quite interesting. A lot of them were unique to each car, but some which were from clubs or events were repeated on several different cars as well. The repetition is also something to be noted as they’re showing a stamp of were they’ve been.