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Seth Price

26 May - 26 July 2009

The exhibition in MAMbo joins together a wide selection of Calendar Paintings (2003-2004), displayed in parts at both Kölnischer Kunstverein of Cologne in 2008 and at Reena Spaulings Gallery of New York in 2009, as well as in earlier incarnations in group shows in 2004.

In the exhibition itinerary compares a selection of vacuum-formed sculptures, in which rope knots are captured in painted and printed plastic through the vacuum-forming packaging process, which binds and contains the ropes even as it distorts the printed surface and a piece from the Silhouettes series, works on the wall positioned on carved and painted wooden supports framing the space “in negative”.

The exhibition contains also two videos: Redistribution (2007 - ongoing) and Köln Waves/Blues (2006/2008). Redistribution, constantly updated work, takes up a Guggenheim "artist's talk" delivered by Price only to pull it apart, reassemble it and graft new material to it, resulting in an open-form hybrid. Equal parts lecture, performance, and essay-film, this hard-to-place work oscillates between fiction and non-fiction, information and entertainment. For Köln Waves/Blues, Price purchased a 6-second video loop from a company that makes "empty" background images for corporate use, then added color effects and looped it, yielding a hypnotic, emptied-out work.

Seth Price