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Seth Price

Friedrich Petzel Gallery (535 West 22nd)
535 West 22nd Street, 212-680-9467
September 8 - September 30, 2006
Reception: Friday, September 8, 6 - 8 PM
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Seth Price’s show appears in three venues: Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). The show considers film and video, and how the moving image is used and circulated today, whether in the art world or in more popular forums. At Friedrich Petzel and Reena Spaulings, Price exhibits two new, related films, each offering a different approach to these questions. At EAI, the artists’ video distributor located just upstairs from Friedrich Petzel, Price releases a new video for widespread distribution.

Checklist for Friedrich Petzel

Untitled Film, Right. 2006. 16mm film. 15 min. At Friedrich Petzel, Price shows a film based on a clip purchased from an online distributor of “multi-use video backgrounds”. Referred to as “gak” by those in the industry, such video loops serve as content aids in presentations, promotions, and advertisements, as well as more serious applications, like TV news backdrops. Price’s purchase of this computer-generated, six-second clip includes screening rights, and he has visually altered the gak and repeated it 150 times before transferring the digital file to film.

Addresses. 2006. Etchings with ink and oil on Arches paper. Printed at CNEAI, Paris. In a series of screen prints on plastic film executed over the last year, Price used a frame-still from a popular Jihadi propaganda video clip (which remains widely available online). At Friedrich Petzel, he presents a related series of etchings, featuring images available at various internet sites.
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