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Synthesis is the study of a dialogue between two contrasting materials - resin and tar - and their negotiation for space and identity when forced to become a single unified entity. What appear to be petal-like inclusions are actually cracks and fissures created through a careful manipulation of the catalysing process of the resin. The tar initially appears densely black, almost light-absorbent, but upon closer inspection, a network of fine green vapour trails can be seen drifting from a surface partially melted by the exothermic reaction of the curing resin. As the tar heats it expands searching for pathways within the resin and rushes to claim opening cavities, creating wafer thin golden slivers of coral-like protuberances.
Born in London in 1973, Tom Price continues to live and work in the capital. Drawing on his training in both sculpture and design, his practice regularly delves into the grey areas between the two disciplines. His work explores the untapped potential of familiar materials in unfamiliar ways by subverting conventional industrial manufacturing techniques and introducing a dose of entropy into what are typically very controlled processes. Chance is an essential element in this creative process, and one that Price relies on to transcend the limits of imagination.Since Price's graduation from London’s Royal College of Art, his works are part of major collections and museums worldwide, including acquisitions by San Francisco MOMA, Denver Art Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the MKG Hamburg, and Amore Pacific Museum of Art in Seoul besides several large-scale sculptural commissions for public and private spaces.
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