Seth Price makes photographs that are not photography and paintings that never see a brush. Restlessly pushing materials and process, Price operates without intent and often lets the work adapt to the studio conditions before pushing it out into the light. Technological and material experimentation, the use and manipulation of ambiguous photographic imagery, and a healthy dose of chance seeks to neutralize content which may be read as an honest attempt to contradict today’s contemporary culture. At Petzel gallery, Price presents several black and white light boxes that show fissures of skin at extreme resolution. They reveal the artist’s pre-occupation with clothing and branding and sport blood-red “New York City” embroidery for emphasis. His “paintings” are an amalgam of hard and soft shapes salvaged from the ethers of the internet that remind of x-rayed body parts, make-up mirrors and other paraphernalia trapped in a clinical-analog chromatic environment. Poured polymer adds malleability so that the embedded manipulation seeps out as the political and social manipulation that engulfs us. That his work is also achingly beautiful may not entirely to Price’s liking. At Petzel through January 5.