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I think about why I’m making these artworks in the midst of making them, often in the rain and in the night, in a way untouchable by the everyday world—it’s almost a different earth where I am when I’m working and the world that holds everything else is indoors, asleep. Alone in a forest, I’m a different person, someone more immediate and less interrupted by expectations, even from myself.


Sam Falls

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Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Exhibition View, Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2021

Paintings

 

NIGHT RAIN, MORNING MIST (AUTUMN)
2020
Pigment on canvas; 2 parts
Painting 1: 170.5 x 160.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 63 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches
Painting 2: 170.5 x 316.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 124 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches
Total dims.: 170.5 x 477 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 187 3/4 x 1 1/8 inches

NIGHT RAIN, MORNING MIST (POESTENKILL, N.Y., SPRING)
2020
Pigment on canvas; 2 parts
Painting 1: 170.5 x 160 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 63 x 1 1/8 inches
Painting 2: 170.5 x 226.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 89 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches
Total dims.: 170.5 x 386.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 152 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches

SUPER BLOOM, ANCIENT EARTH (MOJAVE DESERT)
2020
Pigment on linen; 2 parts
Painting 1: 61 x 199.5 cm / 24 x 78 1/2 inches
Painting 2: 74 x 199.5 cm / 29 1/8 x 78 1/2 inches

BLACK ANGEL
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
194 x 247 x 3 cm / 76 3/8 x 97 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

HOME
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
202 x 148 x 3 cm / 79 1/2 x 58 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

SUPPORT SYSTEM
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
340.5 x 223.5 cm / 134 x 88 inches

MOTHER NATURE BROTHER SISTER
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
199 x 151 x 3 cm / 78 3/8 x 59 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches

THREE GRACES
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
289.5 x 289.5 cm / 114 x 114 inches

ANGEL OF NIGHT
2021
Pigment on canvas
247 x 194 x 3 cm / 97 1/4 x 76 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches

MOTHER NATURE SON
2021
Pigment on canvas
239 x 284.5 cm / 94 x 112 inches

UNTITLED (FALLING)
2019
Pigment on canvas
229 x 165.5 x 3 cm / 90 1/8 x 65 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

HYDRANGEA CAGE
2020
Pigment on linen
128 x 102 x 3.5 cm / 50 3/8 x 40 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches

FIRST SNOW
2020
Pigment on canvas
75.5 x 65 x 3 cm / 29 3/4 x 25 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches

FARM FIELD WALK
2020
Pigment on canvas
79.5 x 70.5 x 3 cm / 31 1/4 x 27 3/4 x 1 1/8 inches

BOLINAS APPLE TREE
2020
Pigment on canvas
60 x 72 x 3 cm / 23 5/8 x 28 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches

MESA DAHLIAS
2020
Pigment on canvas
67 x 54 x 3 cm / 26 3/8 x 21 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

BOLINAS NASTURTIUMS
2020
Pigment on canvas
72.5 x 61.5 x 3 cm / 28 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

MOUNT TAMALPAIS WINDMILLS
2020
Pigment on canvas
72 x 66.5 x 3 cm / 28 3/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches

NIGHT RAIN, MORNING MIST (AUTUMN)
2020
Pigment on canvas; 2 parts
Painting 1: 170.5 x 160.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 63 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches
Painting 2: 170.5 x 316.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 124 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches
Total dims.: 170.5 x 477 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 187 3/4 x 1 1/8 inches

NIGHT RAIN, MORNING MIST (POESTENKILL, N.Y., SPRING)
2020
Pigment on canvas; 2 parts
Painting 1: 170.5 x 160 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 63 x 1 1/8 inches
Painting 2: 170.5 x 226.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 89 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches
Total dims.: 170.5 x 386.5 x 3 cm / 67 1/8 x 152 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches

SUPER BLOOM, ANCIENT EARTH (MOJAVE DESERT)
2020
Pigment on linen; 2 parts
Painting 1: 61 x 199.5 cm / 24 x 78 1/2 inches
Painting 2: 74 x 199.5 cm / 29 1/8 x 78 1/2 inches

BLACK ANGEL
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
194 x 247 x 3 cm / 76 3/8 x 97 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

HOME
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
202 x 148 x 3 cm / 79 1/2 x 58 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

SUPPORT SYSTEM
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
340.5 x 223.5 cm / 134 x 88 inches

MOTHER NATURE BROTHER SISTER
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
199 x 151 x 3 cm / 78 3/8 x 59 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches

THREE GRACES
2020-2021
Pigment on canvas
289.5 x 289.5 cm / 114 x 114 inches

ANGEL OF NIGHT
2021
Pigment on canvas
247 x 194 x 3 cm / 97 1/4 x 76 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches

MOTHER NATURE SON
2021
Pigment on canvas
239 x 284.5 cm / 94 x 112 inches

UNTITLED (FALLING)
2019
Pigment on canvas
229 x 165.5 x 3 cm / 90 1/8 x 65 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

HYDRANGEA CAGE
2020
Pigment on linen
128 x 102 x 3.5 cm / 50 3/8 x 40 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches

FIRST SNOW
2020
Pigment on canvas
75.5 x 65 x 3 cm / 29 3/4 x 25 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches

FARM FIELD WALK
2020
Pigment on canvas
79.5 x 70.5 x 3 cm / 31 1/4 x 27 3/4 x 1 1/8 inches

BOLINAS APPLE TREE
2020
Pigment on canvas
60 x 72 x 3 cm / 23 5/8 x 28 3/8 x 1 1/8 inches

MESA DAHLIAS
2020
Pigment on canvas
67 x 54 x 3 cm / 26 3/8 x 21 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

BOLINAS NASTURTIUMS
2020
Pigment on canvas
72.5 x 61.5 x 3 cm / 28 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches

MOUNT TAMALPAIS WINDMILLS
2020
Pigment on canvas
72 x 66.5 x 3 cm / 28 3/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches

Ceramic works

 

THEORY OF EVERYTHING
2020
Glazed ceramic
212 x 82.5 x 18 cm / 83 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 7 inches

THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on ceramic
200 x 137 x 17 cm / 78 3/4 x 53 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches

THE ILLUSION OF TIME
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on ceramic
83.5 x 65 x 9 cm / 32 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches

INITIAL CONDITION
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on glazed ceramic
Approx. 82.5 x 63 x 7.5 cm / 32 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 3 inches

PACHA (INCA)
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on glazed ceramic
138.5 x 83 x 10 cm / 54 1/2 x 32 5/8 x 3 7/8 inches

UNTITLED (AIR 1)
2021
Glazed ceramic
58.5 x 38 x 15 cm / 23 x 15 x 6 inches

UNTITLED (AIR 2)
2021
Glazed ceramic
39 x 66 x 18 cm / 15 3/8 x 26 x 7 1/8 inches

UNTITLED (AIR 3)
2020
Glazed ceramic
48.5 x 38 x 7.5 cm / 19 x 15 x 3 inches

UNTITLED (CENTER 1)
2020
Glazed ceramic
49.5 x 35.5 x 12.5 cm / 19 1/2 x 14 x 5 inches

UNTITLED (THOUGHT 1)
2020
Glazed ceramic
30.5 x 23 x 15 cm / 12 x 9 x 6 inches

UNTITLED (WALK 1)
2020
Glazed ceramic
26 x 48.5 x 7.5 cm / 10 1/4 x 19 x 3 inches

UNTITLED (CARRY)
2020
Glazed ceramic
47 x 25.5 x 5.5 cm / 18 1/2 x 10 x 2 1/4 inches

THEORY OF EVERYTHING
2020
Glazed ceramic
212 x 82.5 x 18 cm / 83 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 7 inches

THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on ceramic
200 x 137 x 17 cm / 78 3/4 x 53 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches

THE ILLUSION OF TIME
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on ceramic
83.5 x 65 x 9 cm / 32 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches

INITIAL CONDITION
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on glazed ceramic
Approx. 82.5 x 63 x 7.5 cm / 32 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 3 inches

PACHA (INCA)
2020
Iron,cobalt, zinc, and copper oxides on glazed ceramic
138.5 x 83 x 10 cm / 54 1/2 x 32 5/8 x 3 7/8 inches

UNTITLED (AIR 1)
2021
Glazed ceramic
58.5 x 38 x 15 cm / 23 x 15 x 6 inches

UNTITLED (AIR 2)
2021
Glazed ceramic
39 x 66 x 18 cm / 15 3/8 x 26 x 7 1/8 inches

UNTITLED (AIR 3)
2020
Glazed ceramic
48.5 x 38 x 7.5 cm / 19 x 15 x 3 inches

UNTITLED (CENTER 1)
2020
Glazed ceramic
49.5 x 35.5 x 12.5 cm / 19 1/2 x 14 x 5 inches

UNTITLED (THOUGHT 1)
2020
Glazed ceramic
30.5 x 23 x 15 cm / 12 x 9 x 6 inches

UNTITLED (WALK 1)
2020
Glazed ceramic
26 x 48.5 x 7.5 cm / 10 1/4 x 19 x 3 inches

UNTITLED (CARRY)
2020
Glazed ceramic
47 x 25.5 x 5.5 cm / 18 1/2 x 10 x 2 1/4 inches

 

Falls made this body of work during the Covid-19 pandemic, a black angel of death upon us. The Plague, Spanish Flu, HIV/AIDS, we have been here before. He found comfort in Renaissance masters, in Botticelli, in Veronese, in how they balanced the limits of the mortal world with the promise of eternity.

David Raskin

 

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Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1480,
Tempera grassa on wood,
207 x 319 cm
Uffizi Galleries, Florence
(Detail: The three graces)

Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1480,
Tempera grassa on wood,
207 x 319 cm
Uffizi Galleries, Florence
(Detail: The three graces)

 

By bringing devotional iconography into his en plein air practice, he asks viewers to contemplate parallels between figures and ferns, between his actions and the environment, between heaven and the leaves of grass. The pieces are not translations. They merge bodies and nature to present beginnings and ends as one.

David Raskin

Read the press release: Sam Falls, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, 2021

 

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Hans Baldung, gen. Grien, The Three Phases of Life and Death, c. 1510,
Limewood,
48 × 32,8 cm
Museum of Art History, Vienna

Hans Baldung, gen. Grien, The Three Phases of Life and Death, c. 1510,
Limewood,
48 × 32,8 cm
Museum of Art History, Vienna

Hans Baldung - Death and the Maiden

Sam Falls was born in 1984 in San Diego, CA, US. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US, and New York, NY, US. He received his BA from Reed College, Portland, OR, US (2007) and his MFA from ICP-Bard, New York, NY, US (2010). In 2022, Falls will be the subject of a solo exhibition at MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, US. Falls has had solo exhibitions at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, MO, US (2019); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (a.M.), DE (2018); Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporaneo di Trento e Rovereto, Trento, IT (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, US (2017); Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK, and Sarvisalo, FI (2016); The Kitchen, New York, NY, US (2015); Ballroom Marfa, Texas, TX, US (2015); Pomona College Museum of Art, California, CA, US (2014); Public Art Fund, New York, NY, US (2014); LAXART, Los Angeles, CA, US (2013); and Printed Matter, New York, NY, US (2012).

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