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Sam Falls

b. 1984, USA

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.

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.

Tai Spruyt and Stephanie Berlangieri | Biennale of Sydney Exhibition Team | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Big Sur) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork Sam FallsUntitled (Big Sur), 2018 Pigment on canvas
309.9 x 198.8 cm
303 Gallery
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
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
Moon Light by Sam Falls contemporary artwork Sam FallsMoon Light, 2018 Silver-toned silver gelatin print
33.3 x 26.7 cm
303 Gallery
Paper Skin by Sam Falls contemporary artwork Sam FallsPaper Skin, 2018 Silver-toned silver gelatin print
33.3 x 26.7 cm
303 Gallery
Untitled (Schindler House, 13) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork Sam FallsUntitled (Schindler House, 13), 2018 Ceramic
54.6 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm
303 Gallery
Untitled (Schindler House, 1) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork Sam FallsUntitled (Schindler House, 1), 2018 Ceramic
29.2 x 15.9 x 17.8 cm
303 Gallery
Untitled (Schindler House, 6) by Sam Falls contemporary artwork Sam FallsUntitled (Schindler House, 6), 2018 Ceramic
40 x 26 x 16.5 cm
303 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Sam Falls, Sam Falls at 303 Gallery, New York
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12 September–20 October 2018 Sam Falls Sam Falls 303 Gallery, New York

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