Ineluctable Modality of the Visible

Will Price

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Ineluctable Modality of the Visible, 30″ x 132″, monotype and stone lithography on paper, 2024

Titled after one of the first lines written in the Proteus section of James Joyce’s Ulysses, this print based installation examines the fragmented architecture of present observation, and the fight to hold on to a fleeting moment of beauty. In Ulysses, Joyce uses the concept of “ineluctable modality” as a means of questioning the nature of what we now understand as colonial thought structure. In doing so, he questions how we fundamentally make sense of what exists in front of us on a daily basis, as well as what we’re meant to make of beauty. For this reason, the book was famously banned in the United States after its original publishing, as it was one of the first works of modern English fiction to contest the authority of Abrahamic epistemologies.

detail from Ineluctable Modality of the Visible

The scene references my own tender childhood memories of driving past fields of barley in late summer, with a low sun’s reflection sparkling off of streams and irrigation canals, carbonating the moment. Constructed using 132 inch-wide strips torn from a series of larger prints made using a combination monotype and stone lithography, the process calls into question fragmentation and reorganization of thought, and a blending of fast and slow. These processes serve as the limits of the space one must fight to occupy in a moment of joyful present observation.

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Will Price is an American visual artist currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, having recently received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He’s interested in how an array of printmaking processes working together can communicate and mechanically officiate fleeting, emotionally complex, and sometimes incoherent moments and memories of present observation.

He is in constant conversation with his positionality as a settler living on unceded territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and with how his positionality influences all that he attempts to learn.

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