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Seth Price, Compatibility Mode, 2014, screenprint, acrylic, pigmented acrylic polymer, and gesso on plywood, 47 1/4 × 83 5/8 × 7/8".

Seth Price

Galerie Chantal Crousel

Seth Price, Compatibility Mode, 2014, screenprint, acrylic, pigmented acrylic polymer, and gesso on plywood, 47 1/4 × 83 5/8 × 7/8".

Seth Price’s latest works explore the conceptual and visual construction of the standard business envelope, a motif the artist has examined across various media in recent years. The two new groups of work, part of an ongoing project called Folklore U.S., build on his contribution to Documenta 13 in 2012—a venture that included fashions inspired by the patterns printed on the interiors of confidential mailers (a collaboration with menswear designer Tim Hamilton) and large-scale soft-sculpture envelopes. In this show, “Animation Studio,” Price returned to a more traditional presentation of flat wall-mounted works.

Three screen-printed planks of plywood depict what the artist calls “exploded envelopes,” ones that have been torn or folded open. They carry multiple, sometimes conflicting connotations. Their decrepit, rejected state evokes junk mail and the inanity of endless

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