Seth Price. Essay with Knots. 2008

Seth Price Essay with Knots 2008

  • Not on view

Essay with Knots consists of nine panels of vacuum-formed plastic, across which is printed an essay entitled "Dispersion," which Price began writing in 2002. The essay explores the profound changes in the creation and experience of art that have accompanied the growth of digital technology, and the ways in which artists are addressing these new possibilities for the production and diffusion of information. Price has circulated the piece in various forms, including the sculptural work on view here, in which the artist's Adobe InDesign files are printed on plastic and formed around knotted ropes using industrial packaging technology; a printed book available in stores; and a free PDF of the book available online. By positioning the work within different economic spheres—the art world, the retail market, and the free economyof the Internet—Price creates multiple possibilities of presentation that are all equally "the work."

"Dispersion" is available at http://www.distributedhistory.com/Dispersion08.pdf.

Gallery label from Sites of Reason: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions, June 11–September 28, 2014.
Medium
Screenprint ink on high-impact polystyrene and polyester, vacuum-formed over rope, nine panels
Dimensions
Each 48 x 96" (121.9 x 243.8 cm)
Credit
Gift of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin and gift of the Speyer Family Foundation
Object number
50.2011.1-9
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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