Dreamland, by David Price

David Price presents his third solo exhibition at Art First with a new series of works in which he re-imagines Piranesi’s illustrations of ancient Rome as a corrupted amusement park called Dreamland.

Let’s tell the story of this project: in 2012 Price moved his studio to Margate, where the real Dreamland is. For him, the ruines of this old resort was like a metaphor of the degraded concept of the “American Dream”. Nowadays, the fail of a perfect democratic, social and fair society is like the ruines of this Dreamland. Price’s work privileges a choreography of architectural fragments that expose humanity’s complex relations with the built environment and renders quiet, intimate, beatific scenes with apocalyptic significance.

In this show, you will see how Price reimagines the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings of ancient Rome as this ruined amusement resort. 

old-stile river-caves carousel

When: until June 6th

Where: Art First Gallery – 21 Eastcastle Street – London, W1W 8DD

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