Mark Price


TITLE: Vanishing Past, 2010

MEDIUM: Acrylic on panel

DIMENSIONS: 12“ x 12“ x 2”


DETAILS: This work has been shown at Price’s 2010 exhibition “Designer End Game Strategies” at Christina Ray Gallery New York. Vanishing Past merges fantasy with reality in the depiction of a contemporary state of emergency.

As Guy Debord noted in his Comments on the Society of the Spectacle, “With the destruction of history, contemporary events themselves retreat into a remote and fabulous realm of unverifiable stories, un-checkable statistics, unlikely explanations and untenable reasoning.” Price grasps this sense of instability as he rips the foundation from his compositions, leaving a spatial casualty of jagged forms in toxic, hyper-saturated hues. In depicting the confused survival efforts of a technology-driven human population, Price’s highly stylized technique hints at the futuristic graphic novel. Yet the narrative of permanent, self-induced catastrophe is flattened – shattered at each turn into a crisp, pop-colored space punctuated with disaster.

BIO: Mark Price lives and works in Philadelphia. His work was recently selected by curator Aaron Betsky for inclusion in the internationally recognized Confines exhibition at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern.

Group exhibitions include Peer Pressure at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and Locally Localized Gravity at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Price was a member of the Philadelphia-based artist collective Space 1026 from 2004 – 2009.