The renderings represented here come from a larger series of drawings and paintings based on mass-produced consumer goods.
Although having an aversion to some of these grocery store commodities I find myself in constant contact with, I am nevertheless perversely drawn to draw some of them. The same seductive packaging designs and product details that manipulate me to purchase and use these ordinary items are some of the same enticing aesthetic qualities that persuade me to give them tribute in portraiture. I am interested not only in the look of these certain packages, but also how rendering them reveals certain autobiographical particulars about my life. All kinds of habits, idiosyncratic preferences and details are all unveiled. The series as a whole betrays intimate information such as my diet, the kind of pets that I have, and my geographic location can all be deduced from certain brand labels. Since creating some of the works, the packaging of certain products has already changed, or in some cases my affinity for them has waned. In these ways, the works have become like time capsules marking a certain place in time.
In the midst of the current worldwide economic collapse, these drawings also represent the culture of consumerism and become meditations on materialism.
Artist Bio / CV
Born: July 24, 1972 / Mesa, Arizona, USA.
BFA-Missouri State University 1999
MFA-Stony Brook University 2003
Jeffrey Allen Price is a conceptual artist and professor of art living and working on Long Island, New York. His work takes multifarious and diverse forms: drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, video and performance. His work is characteristically "process-based," often includes humorous elements, natural processes and/or socio-political undertones.
In 2008, Price's work was included in an official "U.N. Year of the Potato" art exhibition in Sydney, Australia; he was commissioned to create paintings for a Limited Edition art calendar published in The Netherlands; he had solo exhibitions of his work shown on Long Island and in Missouri and was included in Emerging Artists exhibitions in New York City and Long Island.
In 2009, he will be collaborating with the Greenpeace Organization in Amsterdam and presenting several potato-themed events and exhibitions throughout The Netherlands. His work will also be showcased in a solo exhibition at York College in Jamaica, Queens, NY from March to May.
His work has been shown internationally, and has been written about in the New York Times and Newsday, and was featured in television segment on the Food Network for his potato artworks. As a Graduate student he worked in the studios of Vito Acconci and Dennis Oppenheim, and his own writings were published in the academic journal Art Criticism.
Currently, Mr. Price is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art Studio courses at York College in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He also teaches Art History classes at Hofstra University, Nassau Community College and Suffolk Community College. More information about him, his work and full CV can be found at his website www.jeffreyallenprice.com.