Paul Baker Prindle’s images build on the traditions of portraiture, but quickly confound those traditions by using index, vernacular conventions, and the landscape to evoke impressions of the body that go beyond what is visually represented. This work reflects a number of strategies for engaging The Real, Gay and Queer identities, memory, and the practice of portrait making from various emotional positions including loss, isolation, trauma, and melancholia.
Paul Baker Prindle (b. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA) has exhibited in Austin, Baton Rouge, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Knoxville, Los Angeles, and Madison, Wisconsin. His work has been published by Out and Out.com, Advocate.com, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in ArtForum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Objects from his series, Mementi Mori are held by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Wisconsin Museum of Art. He lives in Reno, Nevada.