Dustin Price

A Discourse in Stillness: The Language of Silence
September 28 - November 6, 2009

  2009 Dustin Price

Director's Note

Dustin Price has deep roots in western South Dakota but he has traveled far and wide to pursue his artistic career. He studied drawing and paint restoration in Florence, Italy before returning to the Black Hills. He received his B.S. from Black Hills State University majoring in fine and commercial art. Price then went on to Washington State University and received his MFA in painting this year graduating summa cum laude.

His life on the family ranch outside of the Badlands is filtered through the lens of world travels, intense study, and the hard work that one undertakes to complete an MFA. One doesn’t automatically relate meditation or Buddhism with ranch work but the isolation and long spans of time and landscape conspired to make Price apply the lessons of self reliance in a unique and poetic way.

The Buddha Tree is reminiscent of the golden autumn leaves that are torn from their branches in the fury of the prairie wind. The Sound of Falling Snow is richly textured and spare and speaks to expanses of prairie grass; a close look brings a world into focus that a cursory look simply can’t.

Deborah Mitchell, Director -- APEX Gallery

Artist's Statement

“My work is an investigation of the direct correlations between the act of contemplation, discourse and emotional stillness, and the making or experiencing of my work. My process often involves a repetitive, physical act in search of self-dissolution and meditation. During this repetitive process, I conceptually and aesthetically consider topics that involve the limitations and possibilities inherent in elements of discourse. I understand that my process repeatedly gives way to questions that cannot be answered, but I believe attempting to understand these questions is often just as significant as answering them.”

 Dustin Price

archive 2009

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