Elizabeth Price, 'Kohl'


Elizabeth Price

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Dec. 8-March 1
Time Varies
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Art, Museums

Neckties are loaded with symbolism. Among their connotations: social rank or status, coming of age, a celebration of color or mood, a sign of professionalism or politics, an outward expression of the phallus. Kohl is an adornment originated by the ancient Egyptians. All of that, and more, inform the large-scale moving images London-based artist Elizabeth Price has created for the Walker Art Center galleries. In her first U.S. museum commission, Price offers two works: FELT TIP and KOHL. In the first, she layers necktie imagery sourced from photography, animation, and motion graphics to examine gender and workplace. In KOHL, she integrates video from four fictional characters discussing the cosmetic and the material, and coal as a source of energy and fuel. Together, the works present a singular perspective on the body, dress, and gender.