Artwork Detail

American, b. Israel, 1973
Ultraviolet transfer and polystyrene foam on acrylic wood-fiber veneer
61 1/16 x 61 1/16 x 1 7/8 "
University purchase, Parsons Fund, 2016
WU 2016.0014
Seth Price is a multimedia artist who appropriates, reformats, and recirculates images, imitating the distribution of information, cultural production, and waste in the digital age. A key theme in his work is the self under technological pressure. This is often expressed in terms of the “skins” of surface, packaging, and wrapping. The surface of this untitled work is dominated by thick smears of polystyrene foam and digitally printed images of a rubbery pencil that appears to be threaded through the work. The materials and imagery allude to the packaging industry and the distribution of consumer goods, and to the elasticity of the virtually endless possibilities inherent in digital manipulation. The background pattern employs the sans-serif logo for Google’s multinational parent company Alphabet, the repeated logo resembling a pattern for a security envelope for sensitive mail, a motif Price employs frequently. The result, an oblique visualization of secrecy within our surveilled world, is a provocative pairing of abstraction with photorealism, of matter with illusion. [Permanent collection label, 2017]