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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Ocula News We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator 13 December 2019

The Power Station of Art will make a fitting location for Andrés Jaque, whose past projects expose the politics concealed by buried pipes and managed cables. Spanish architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque has been named the chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, which will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from 13 November...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1984, USA

Sam Falls Biography

Sam Falls came to art through the study of physics, linguistics and philosophy. Inspired by the natural world, he creates artworks that explore the materiality of colour and light. Using a range of generic objects and textiles, such as garden hoses, tyres, wooden pallets, bed sheets and moving blankets, and exploiting the aesthetic potential of weather patterns and environmental conditions, Falls employs photographic techniques to create works that investigate the opposing ideas of abstraction and representation.

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Continuing his exploration of materials, techniques and processes, Falls presents a series of large-format works on canvas for the 21st Biennale of Sydney at Carriageworks. Often created outside in the urban or natural landscape, the scale of Falls' artworks is influenced by and connected to the places they are made. Using fundamental image-making techniques, Falls transforms large swathes of canvas into abstract landscapes that carry echos of the environment in which they were produced. His 'rain paintings' are essentially photograms; a negative shadow image transferred to a surface without the use of a camera. Falls covers expanses of canvas with organic matter - branches, leaves and flowers that are particular to an area - before scattering the assemblage with handfuls of pigment and leaving it exposed to the elements. After the intervention of mist or rain and the removal of the organic material, the residual silhouettes and patterns imprinted on the canvas retain the physical qualities of place.

While the artworks exemplify Falls' fascination with colour and light, and advance his investigations into figuration and abstraction, the canvases also display an intimate connection with location and landscape. The paintings exhibited at Carriageworks were created at Falls' childhood home in the town of Hartland, Vermont, USA, each artwork produced at a site of personal significance to the artist, reflecting his memories of growing up in the area. The plant matter and organic materials Falls uses to create his works articulate the meteorological and environmental conditions inherent to the region, thus each canvas serves as a location and time-specific record of the natural world, as well as a personal archive of place.

Biography by Tai Spruyt and Stephanie Berlangieri | Biennale of Sydney Exhibition Team | 2018

Sam Falls Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Dancer 1) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsUntitled (Dancer 1), 2019 Pigment on canvas
254 x 157.5 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled (Dancer 4) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsUntitled (Dancer 4), 2019 Pigment on canvas
254 x 157.5 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Ophelia by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsOphelia, 2019 Pigment on canvas
148.6 x 219.7 cm (incl frame)
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Calyx by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsCalyx, 2019 Ceramic, steel
142.2 x 71.4 x 71.4 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled (Big Sur) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsUntitled (Big Sur), 2018 Pigment on canvas
309.9 x 198.8 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled (Mark Twain National Forest, 1) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsUntitled (Mark Twain National Forest, 1), 2018 Pigment on canvas
254 x 157.5 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Silver Lake Reservoir by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsSilver Lake Reservoir, 2018 Silver-toned silver gelatin print
33.3 x 26.7 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work
Moon Light by Sam Falls contemporary artwork
Sam FallsMoon Light, 2018 Silver-toned silver gelatin print
33.3 x 26.7 cm
303 Gallery Enquire about this work

Sam Falls Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 303 Gallery: 35 Years at 303 Gallery, New York
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18 July–16 August 2019 Group Exhibition 303 Gallery: 35 Years 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Sam Falls, Sam Falls at 303 Gallery, New York
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12 September–20 October 2018 Sam Falls 303 Gallery, New York

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How do art fairs contribute to the climate crisis? Related Press How do art fairs contribute to the climate crisis? The Financial Times : 7 June 2019

As the realities of a global climate emergency begin to sink in, the well-heeled visitors to this year's Art Basel fair can expect to see work that reflects the concerns of the world outside–at least to a certain extent. 'Studies show that the wealthier you are, the bigger your carbon footprint, so it's great that we are now seeing this addressed...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 ARTnews : 7 June 2019

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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