September 16, 2017 –
July 28, 2018
Seth Price is on our mind.
A year-long series of public events, commissioned essays, and reading group meetings.

Seth Price, "Different Kinds of Art," 2004
Seth Price, "Different Kinds of Art," 2004

Introduction by Anthony Huberman

There’s not much that isn't already processed. Artificial systems prepare or modify the objects we use, the images we see, the protocols we follow, or the food we eat. Raw data gets compressed and encoded in such a way as to be perfectly legible but also perfectly mutable.

It has to do with smoothing out the edges and making things easier to swallow. It's become the way of the world.

But if information is elastic, manufactured, and re-adjustable, it also becomes unreliable and ripe for abuse. People can decide that news is real and then fake and then real again, all over the course of a single afternoon.

Seth Price (b. 1973) adds problems to those transitions. He delays and drags them out, inserting knots and contradictions. His enemy is the image: it’s too disembodied, too convincing, and too plastic. It instantly flattens three dimensions into two and makes the world into a picture. Price works to prevent objects and ideas from settling into the comfort zone of the image.

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The season began in September with a lecture by Michelle Kuo. Then, we screened Price's Redistribution introduced by Tanya Zimbardo. Then, we went to SFMOMA, where David Senior and Gwen Allen led a "show and tell" of artist-made matchbooks, invitation cards, and other forms of distribution. Then, Leslie Thornton screened some of her films, along with films by Seth Price and James Richards. Check the calendar for updates about upcoming events.


The reading group includes Gwen Allen, Dena Beard, Dodie Bellamy, Anthony Discenza, Drew Heitzler, Anthony Huberman, Kevin Killian, Claudia LaRocco, Bob Linder, Brian Moran, Viniita Moran, Kim Nguyen, Jenevive Nykolak, Ryan Peter, Ross Sappenfield, Davina Semo, James Voorhies, and Tanya Zimbardo, with research assistance by Lisa Heinis. The essays are edited by Jeanne Gerrity and the events are produced by Leila Grothe.

With special thanks to Seth Price and his entire studio.