Kingdom 5KR / Story Problems


Kingdom 5KR: Story Problems continues my exploration of ready-made 3D objects – boats, cars, pills, booze, pretty people – as metonymies for leisure, privilege, boredom and cruelty.

 In the physical world Kingdom 5KR is a super yacht owned by Al-Waleed bin Talal, member of the Saudi Royal Family; the boat is named for his investment company The Kingdom Holding Company, his lucky number and the initials of his children. Waleed purchased the boat from Trump, who called it the Trump Princess. The yacht was originally built in 1980 for Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, and named for his daughter Nabilia. It was used in the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again and referred to as the Flying Saucer.

Kingdom 5KR: Story Problems was included as a stair-well installation within the 2016 Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition Maxon Mills; curated by Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino and Jeff Barnette-Winsby. The installation took form as five wooden boxes placed at various points within the stairwell of the seven-story Maxon Mills exhibition space, Wassaic, NY. Boxes made by Mitch Miller. For installation images please scroll down through images below.

The animation:


Stills from the installation in Maxon Mills, Wassaic Project, 2016: