|© copyright Michael Price 2020
|ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE: PAUL FISHER GALLERY, WEST PALM BEACH, FL. www.paulfisher.com
|Michael Price has worked for the past twenty-five years, establishing himself as a
respected photographic journalist, whose work has appeared in numerous national and
international publications. About ten years ago, he acquired welding equipment and set
up a sculpture studio in North Palm Beach. During the past decade his welded steel
works have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and his sculpture has been acquired
by a number of private collectors. His latest sculpture series presents about two dozen
welded steel cross shapes that are used as a vertical platform “canvas” for attaching
narrative contemporary objects. His fascination with the cross shape, long employed
prior to its association with religion or identified with Switzerland or the American Red
Cross, has also been incorporated in contemporary art (Rauschenberg) and American
culture, from Madonna to fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano.
Michael puts an aesthetic spin on the iconic recognition of the cross shape by painting
and sanding down the welded surfaces, creating a worn patina that sets the stage for the
application of found objects, foraged from flea markets and secondhand stores.
Recognizable personalities attached to the intersections of the cross shapes range from
Elvis and Gumby to Dale Earnhardt and objects such as antique coins and .45 caliber
bullets. The free-standing sculptures form an engaging chorus line of similar cut-out
decorated and dressed up forms that seem to “dance” from east to west and from north
to the South Pole, depending on where the viewer is stationed.
(Reprinted with permission from Bruce Helander, catalog introduction)