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Seth Price

A few issues ago, Blindspot featured Seth Price‘s series of laser-cut silhouettes. Gleaned from generic google image searches, these pieces recall Sherrie Levine’s series of silhouette collages of American presidents (example here). The text below was taken from a press release for Price’s recent exhibition at Friedrich Petzel:

1. A computer search for the most basic terms: ‘eating’, ‘drinking’, ‘writing’, ‘touching’, ‘mother,’ etc. The result might be a digital image, a “jpeg”, for example. The image depicts human interaction: people kissing, someone being fed, a person laying a hand on another’s shoulder. The situation is familiar, but not necessarily clear. At one point this was a photograph, now shrunken, squeezed through the eye of the needle, its information digitally compressed for easy circulation and distribution. It appears as a tiny, lapidary screen image, though we know that if enlarged it will slip away, its edges decaying as the effects of compression become evident.

2. This image is not used, in favor of the area around the image, the negative space, excess, that which lies between the figures.

3. Then, an industrial process: massive enlargement, computer-controlled cutting, woods, plastics, metal. A design process, the fabrication of a “look and feel” that had not previously existed.


© Seth Price


© Seth Price


© Seth Price


© Seth Price


© Seth Price

Seth Price

A few issues ago, Blindspot featured Seth Price‘s series of laser-cut silhouettes. Gleaned from generic google image searches, these pieces recall Sherrie Levine’s series of silhouette collages of American presidents (example here). The text below was taken from a press release for Price’s recent exhibition at Friedrich Petzel:

1. A computer search for the most basic terms: ‘eating’, ‘drinking’, ‘writing’, ‘touching’, ‘mother,’ etc. The result might be a digital image, a “jpeg”, for example. The image depicts human interaction: people kissing, someone being fed, a person laying a hand on another’s shoulder. The situation is familiar, but not necessarily clear. At one point this was a photograph, now shrunken, squeezed through the eye of the needle, its information digitally compressed for easy circulation and distribution. It appears as a tiny, lapidary screen image, though we know that if enlarged it will slip away, its edges decaying as the effects of compression become evident.

2. This image is not used, in favor of the area around the image, the negative space, excess, that which lies between the figures.

3. Then, an industrial process: massive enlargement, computer-controlled cutting, woods, plastics, metal. A design process, the fabrication of a “look and feel” that had not previously existed.


© Seth Price


© Seth Price


© Seth Price


© Seth Price


© Seth Price