Seth Price. Vintage Bomber. 2006

Seth Price Vintage Bomber 2006

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 209 The David Geffen Wing

Since the early 2000s, Price has been fascinated by vacuum forming, a process in which plastic is heated and sucked against a mold. The artist repurposes the technique, traditionally used for commercial packaging, and casts unexpected objects: here, he forced PVC over the mold of a bomber jacket. Bubbles, creases, and other deformations run throughout the surface, rendering the military garment strange. In the 1950s plastic became the emblem of the postwar industrial miracle, signaling the endless possibility of new materials. Price has compared the malleability of plastic to the infinite possibilities of digital manipulation. Vintage Bomber arrests such fluid forms in suspended animation.

Gallery label from 2022
Vacuum-formed polyvinyl chloride
48 x 42 x 2 1/4" (121.9 x 106.7 x 5.7 cm)
Gift of Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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