Artist: Seth Price
Title: Vacume form Rope Year: 2009
Medium: Virus print on polyurithane, vacume formed over rope
Dimensions: 243.8 x 121.8 cm
Price’s work is concerned with the principle of mutability and the appropriation of cultural consumerism. He is concerned with a redistribution of sound, music, and written texts. Price engages in strategies of appropriation, recirculation and packaging so as to consider issues of cultural production and the distribution of information, focusing on the biopolitical implications of networked life. Shifting and manipulating the detritus of commodity culture, he has made ‘sculptures and videos; prints and books; music, music videos, and music compilations; wall pieces made of vacuum-formed plastic, iridescent Plexiglas, and a host of other industrial materials; and has created performance pieces and even helped to design a line of clothing.’
Price makes digital paintings (most notably, his Calendar Paintings series from 2003–04), videos, writes texts and essays distributed as free PDF files on the internet, creates vacuum-formed reliefs, laminated wood ‘silhouette’ sculptures, and artworks on crumpled mylar referring to Jihadist internet videos. He also has presented numerous noise music and audio art works as well as fabric ‘garment sculptures’ that resemble business envelopes and are fabricated by couture factories based in Garment District, Manhattan. But Price makes frequent pivots between materials and contexts, based on his work as a new media art theorist. This pivot strategy is summed up by Price as follows: “Sometimes it’s good to go forward and then double back, and circle around again. To those who turned their feet around so that their tracks would confuse their pursuers: why not walk backward?