“King of Solana Beach” Eleanor Antin 1974-1975
In “The King of Solana Beach” Eleanor Antin dressed up as a medieval man who believed he was the King of Solana Beach. She documented her daily transformation into the ‘King’ and her contact with her subjects. Eleanor kept a sketchbook and spent time sketching her domain, the landscape drawings look something like Rembrandt’s landscape sketchbooks. Some comedy ensues as the King tries to halt development in his realm, but in the end he fails. The situations Eleanor Antin involved herself in while she was the King were a bit like Don Quixote the Anti-Development Environmentalist takes on the city of Solana Beach.