Exhibition Dates: November 6th, 2013 – December 15th, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 7th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Toomey Tourell is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new drawings and sculptures by the artist Nathaniel Price entitled, “Drawn”. Please refer to press release below.
Drawn - 2013, Plaster of Paris, rope, friction, resistance, distance, 18 x 18 x 18 inches . Play video below
Toomey Tourell is pleased to present a solo exhibition of drawings by the artist Nathaniel Price. This is Nathaniel Price’s third exhibition with Toomey-Tourell Fine Art.
Born in New York City, Price now lives Cambridge, Massachusetts after having spent many formative years as an artist in San Francisco. In this series of works, Price uses multiple techniques and materials to literally push himself, and the medium of the drawing, into new territory that include, but are not limited to, the seminal pieces Drawn and As Built Drawings.
Drawn (2013): For Drawn, Price cast a massive cube of plaster (the same material as street chalk) that initially was the same volume as his body calculated out to exactly 18.25 inches squared. He then dragged this, inch by inch, from the gallery into, and through, the streets of San Francisco over nine hours. This process resulted in drawing a huge, and continuous, chalk line while simultaneously wearing down the block into a sculpted form. This ephemeral work is literally made from resistance, friction and struggle. And yet, it can also be interpreted as a piece which brings the elements of a slow, private, destruction in direct contact (via the pavement) with a public creation which can be shared, albeit briefly, with the people on the street who have an opportunity to see the place they walk daily in a new, possibly beautiful, way.
As Built Drawing (2009-2013 excerpted from the essay by Tamar Miller and Matt Price):
Each drawing in Price’s As Built Drawing series is a life-size human silhouette composed of small units. The use of small units is a recurring theme for Price, as for example in his Another Matter or Tylenol Cube. In this series the units used to construct the human form are words. They compose the muscles, arteries, veins, bones and nerves of the body, all meticulously and methodically placed in the anatomically correct location within the silhouette form. This is done by hand with an H density graphite pencil. Each drawing takes approximately 6 months to complete over hundreds of hours.
In the first drawing of the series, As Built Drawing I, Price establishes a flow of words in a series of precisely stacked ‘lines’ to create a mesmerizing whole. The form hovers within the center of a white void as a quiet revelation. It is a ghostly portrait of a body, but also an anatomical study— in words. Its appearance evokes a sense of spiritual unhinging from the body and yet, when considering the meaning and placement of the words one can’t help but be drawn back to the corporeal and to the scientific.
As the series progresses over six drawings there is a significant shift in the system established earlier as the units/words migrate outside the perimeter of the body. When this happens there is a transformation of the content and meaning of the words from anatomically correct terms to the words of illness associated with that region of the body.
Price’s drawings, which wrestle with the darkest of themes, emerge with a subtle glow and the viewer is left with a work of substance, soul and light.