Narbi Price

‘When asked to produce a new body of work in a new city and country, in a time period much shorter than it would usually take to produce said work, I had two opposing reactions. The first being Yes, that will be a great challenge. The opportunity to take time out from my normal studio routine and to work uninterrupted on a project with a definite end point was an attractive incentive as unashamedly, was spending just short of a month in Milan in the spring time.

My second reaction was a more realistic one of What Ifs? What if I don’t find enough locations that catch my eye, what if the paintings don’t go according to plan, what if I (or they) don’t like them. It had to be worth the gamble…

My image gathering process is inextricably linked with Guy Debord’s Situationist notion of the dérive  (literally to drift):

‘In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this than one may think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.’ (Debord 1958)

The resultant work aims to explore experiential commonalities and differences both geographically and visually. The photographic and formal aspects of the work jockey for position as the paint is celebrated and negated in equal measure, being at once a conduit for the image and functioning as a barrier to it. ‘

The opportunity to show in a gallery that has shown works by such important figures from the canon of contemporary art as Maurizio Cattelan, Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as many interesting emerging artists has been a great privilege and big thanks go to Sebastiano and Ciara from the gallery for their invitation and support.’

Narbi Price, April 2011

Duration 23 April 2011 - 30 June 2011
Cost Free
Venue GalleriaSIX
Address Via Filippino Lippi 12 Milan 20133, ,
Contact + 39 349 6680813 / /

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