Tempo is a new exhibition from Sam Lock.
This comprises of a site specific installation of thirty-three canvases in our new exhibition space in rural Hampshire, and an exhibition of new work in the gallery in London.
In conjunction with this exhibition, we have published a book entitled 'Temporary', with a monograph by Ian Massey. This new body of work comes within a period of rapid growth in Lock's career. It feels like an inflection point. The themes of language, time, presence and absence are ever present in Lock's work but they reach a real synthesis in Tempo.
'The metaphysical aspect of Lock's work has gained in complexity as his painting has evolved. Whereas early on it could be seen to allude to the spiritual in nature, it is often now more mysterious, its resonances less easy to define.In much of the work there is a sense of implied presence; that of the artist's own body certainly, but also of things altogether more abstract that relate to points of transition in life, and perhaps in death.'–Ian Massey
Lock sees this exhibition as more of an installation by curating curating the flow and energy, by changing their sequence. They work like a set of component parts organised to create a whole experience.
'The scale of this work has changed everything; it came from a sense of wanting to extend beyond the paintings edge, to lose any constriction or to be controlled by the canvas'
The title of the show 'Tempo' reflects the rhythm or current created by the paintings - the scale of the work came from a sense of wanting to extend beyond the paintings edge, to lose any constriction or to be controlled by the canvas.
Press release courtesy Cadogan Gallery.
Cadogan Contemporary Hampshire