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Thomas J Price: Network

The three-metre-tall bronze Network takes the form of a young man in casual dress, looking at his phone. Typical of Price's sculpture, the figure stands with a relaxed pose although his facial expression opens up the potential for a far more complex internal narrative.

In a time when sculpture has radically changed from its historical beginnings, and need no longer even be an object, Price shows that it is relevant to work in one of the oldest of methods and materials and still make highly original and contemporary work.

Bronze statues often represent and commemorate people of significance, predominantly white men. Price’s subjects are anonymous, usually composite, portraits of men in the street as well as images from magazines and newspapers. Through casting them in bronze and placing the figures on plinths, Price knowingly raises their status and subverts the tradition of sculpture and, in the process, the hierarchies of power it reflects.


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