Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Ken Price: Specimen Rocks, the next exhibition in his gallery at 526 W 22nd Street. The exhibition includes seven ceramic sculptures made between 1983 and 1984, many of which have never been shown publicly. Each sculpture is displayed in its own vitrine designed by the artist.
Ken Price began the Specimen Rocks shortly after moving to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1983. Combining coarse-textured areas and smooth planes, and finished with metallic and gloss paints, the sculptures recall Price’s Slate Cups (1972-78) while evoking more gem-like mineral formations. As Price has pointed out, the sculptures’ hand-held scale draws the viewer in for a personal experience of their physical details, but the works can also be thought of as maquettes: “You can see the whole piece and all of its surface detail in one glance. So it’s very easy to visualize those pieces as being any size, especially monumental.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring actual-size photographs of twelve Specimen Rocks sculptures plus a selection of quotes by Ken Price.
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