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Artist's Reception: Sam Falls at M+B Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 16, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Exhibition Dates: February 18 - March 31, 2012

Reception with the Artist:
February 18
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Time, its passing, its affect on the seemingly inanimate are all of interest to artist Sam Falls. The artist works to find and to show the life of the inanimate using changing perceptions to accomplish new perspectives. Layers of vantage, reflections on time, and mindfulness of viewing experience establish the foundations of practice and approach of Falls work and are used to prove of the life of a place, an object, a form.

The artist works with a range of media, including photography, painting, and sculpture to produce hybridizations. Some work, particularly the painted photographs, expand our understanding of a space while other more sculptural forms create dialogue by changing state over the course of time and an evolving relationship with the viewer.

If we focus on the painted photographs we find they are invested with layers of place, proof of shift, and averages of real. The work begins with film shots of decaying homes in Joshua Tree, CA. Large colored fabrics are used to line the interior spaces of the abandoned homes with the intent to create an altered yet honest image. Time proves itself as the sun alters the color of the fabric that is then borrowed from to create a paint sample which is later applied to the interior and surrounding space in the final photograph. Color samples are based on averages with the Photoshop color picker tool and Home Depot digital matching process. Both steps of the color generation process yield only a version of real; Falls makes no attempt to hide or mask that a shift has occurred or that this evidence is the only version of truth. The singular aspect of this step of the process is defied when the sample is applied to the print, for the lengthy and elaborate processing actually invites plurality as it realizes there could be an accepted version but there is no single truth. As we step back we realize that each piece projects and mimics reality to produce something that through its layers of process and presentation is closer to real than anything that could be captured in an instant.

For more information on the artist, his work, and related events, please visit M+B Gallery

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