The time-based nature of photography is the core of Sam Falls’ practice, which he expands into sculpture, painting and video. The centre-pieces of his exhibition are large-scale sculptures in copper, marble and coloured aluminium. While they may appear crisp and monumental they also contain the potential for aging through the inclusion of deliberately untreated surfaces. Alongside will be presented five video works from the Final Forever series. For each work the artist appropriates one of Andrei Tarkovsky’s famously lingering shots and couples it with a section of a song by the Velvet Underground. Both the footage and the audio track are seamlessly and endlessly looped, going nowhere, but full of tension.
A series of new works have also been produced in the weeks preceding exhibition on Finnish island of Sarvisalo, as part of the Zabludowicz Collection residency programme. Large expanses of hand-dyed fabric have been exposed to rain, sunlight and dew while overlaid with leaves and blossom. The resulting images are both abstract and representative of a specific environment and duration. Balancing notions of control with the potential for change, Falls encourages the viewer to engage with the material object presented, and in turn a shared relationship with the artist in time, place, and processes of production.
Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include: Giuliani Foundation, Rome (2015); Public Art Fund, New York (July 2014); Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (August 2014); Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA (2014); Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (2013); Balice Hertling, Paris (2013); LA><ART, Los Angeles (2013); T293, Rome (2013); Karma, Amagansett, NY (2013); Printed Matter, New York (2012); and Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain (2012).
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