Le Petit Prince artist Troy Gua on the cease and desist from Prince
|Photo courtesy of Troy Gua|
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Troy Gua's 'Le Petit Prince' doll pays tribute to The Artist
Gua posted the news to Facebook early this week and talked with us about the controversy that has left many fans reeling. Gua has taken the high road, however, and added following on his page as a reminder when many expressed negative feelings toward Prince:
Similarly, a local electro DJ, Lenka Paris, was sent a similar C&D this month after creating Prince remixes and posting them to her Sound Cloud for streaming only.
If it wasn't clear before, his Purpleness has some very stringent ideas around what his fans can and cannot do in their appreciation of him. In a nutshell: Yes, please do pay $250 for that concert ticket, but 'Hova help you if you seek to publicly admire him through music or art.
Here's our quick interview with Troy:
Gimme Noise: Troy, no more LPP? Can you talk about it?
Troy Gua: Sure. Craziness. I got an email from a law firm containing a PDF which was the cease and desist -- it's pretty comprehensively erasing LPP from the world -- online and off.
Was it from Prince's people?
Yeah, a law firm representing him and his business entities.
Monday afternoon I got the email right after I came in from a run. I was dumbfounded and frankly, a little frightened. The wording is pretty aggressive. The hard copy came next day via FedEx.
You say on your Facebook page you're encouraging "no hate" over this -- what are you trying to get across? Are you protecting your idea of him?
I'm just shocked and upset at the outpouring of negativity for Prince over this situation. I'm protecting the essence of the project - and yes, I suppose I am protecting my idea of him, in a way.
What will you do with the doll now?
I don't really know yet - the order says I'm not even allowed to exhibit the photo work or the sculptural doll -- so...I really don't know. LPP means a lot to me, so he's not going in a box or anything.
What would be your message to Prince after all this?
My message to Prince...wow. Thank you for giving me so much joy throughout my life. I really don't know what else to say. Regarding LPP, I just wish it had turned out differently. I can argue that this project is my re-imagining, my recreation, my expression of the inspiration behind it, and that it is an artistic entity in and of itself, but I won't. I won't fight, I won't argue with my hero.
Do you think it was the Le Petit Prince calendar that tipped it this way, since you would presumably profit from it?
Maybe. But that's the thing -- it was to fund the self-publishing costs of a book that I was going to sell at cost -- there really was no profit to be.
So, obvious question... What is next for you?
Next? Back to the salt mines! I'm working on other projects - putting a solo show of Pop Hybrid work for May in Cleveland.
To learn more about Troy, check out his website.
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