Sam Falls

United States 1984

Installation, Photography, Video Art, Painting, Drawing

Sam Falls
Sam Falls
United States
December 29, 2014
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Each aspect of art has had its own course of progression throughout history, both modern and ancient, and though comparing two different periods within the same category of art feels natural, clashing two separate categories might be a bit unusual. However, a certain progress through the mediums themselves is a thing of necessity for the American artist Sam Falls whose practice is based on their variety. With encompassing elements of the effects of nature and a multitude of materials, the artist pushes the limits of contemporary art as we know it, merging photography, painting, and sculpture in his artistic portrayals.

Sam Falls - Untitled, 2015
Sam Falls – Untitled, 2015

Exploring the Element of Nature

Both the artistic expression and the exploration of its limits came to Falls at an early age. Given his playfulness as a child, he would explore the surrounding nature of his hometown, influenced permanently by the effects of the elements. The sun, the rain, the wood lying in the dirt, all of the nature’s aspects served Falls in his art practice, both in its conception and its current form. Bringing these effects in contact with the viewer through the relationship with art, he even emphasizes that the natural element plays an even bigger part in each piece than the artist himself. However, his decades-long experience with the craft leaves little room for random effects; though nature can be hard to predict, Falls conjoins the aspects of art and nature masterfully, producing visually enticing artwork.

Sam Falls brings together the effects of nature to the viewer through his artistic practice

Sam Falls - Untitled (Pillows 4, Topanga, CA), 2013
Sam Falls – Untitled (Pillows 4, Topanga, CA), 2013

Across the Mediums

With the element of nature often finding a way into his work, it’s far from being the only one. Always seeking diversity in his practice, Falls moves across various mediums, themes, and subjects, and it could be said that that very diversity is a reoccurring motif in his work. Known for using photography, painting, drawing, videography, sculpture, and other mediums as well as a myriad of tools and materials, he merges the different categories within a single piece of work, challenging perception and changing the way we see certain mediums. Giving his work yet another dimension, he often inserts time as a key variable, placing his pieces outside so that they may change from one day to the other depending on conditions; the time of the day also plays a role, as works can be seen from different angles at various points during the day.

From site specific installations to paintings, Falls merges various categories within a single piece of work

Nuance of Personal

What might be the most interesting about his work is that Falls often inserts a nuance of personal matters into the subject he’s working on. Often drawing from personal fixtures in his own life, subjects like his horse, his mother, and others can easily be portrayed in his artwork. Whether you choose to look for the relation between the artist and the displayed narrative or simply enjoy the sheer visual beauty of the collaboration between Falls and nature, there’s no denying that his pieces evoke both deep thought and enticement.

Sam Falls lives and works in New York.

Featured image: Sam Falls. All photos credit the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016The Armory Show 2016Galerie Eva PresenhuberGroup
2016Frieze New York 2016RxArtGroup
2016a certain kind of EdenBurning in Water, New YorkGroup
2016WastelandMona Bismarck American Center, new YorkGroup
2015Sam Falls: Light Over TimePublic Art Fund, New YorkGroup
2015Frieze New York 2015Galleria Franco NoeroGroup
2015Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015Galerie Eva PresenhuberGroup
2015Sam FallsBallroom Marfa, Marfa, TX, USASolo
2015Sam FallsFranco Noero, Turin, ItalySolo
2015Sam FallsFondazione Giuliani, RomeSolo
2015Works on PaperGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2014Sam Falls - Solo ShowHannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2014Project Series 49: Sam FallsPomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CASolo
2014Sam Falls - Solo ExhibitGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichSolo
2014Sam FallsZabludowicz Collection London, LondonSolo
2014The go-betweenMuseo di Capodimonte, NaplesGroup
2014New AbstractionLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014The Material ImageMarianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014De PituraGalleria Franco Noero, TurinGroup
2014Interferenze, for an accelerated culture Galleria Massimodeluca, Venice Group
2014Surface(S) sur Prise(S)Galerie Christophe Gaillard, ParisGroup
2014Morning And Evening AsylumOff Vendome, DusseldorfGroup
2013Sam Falls - One Person ShowLaxart, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Sam FallsGalerie Balice Hertling, ParisSolo
2013Sam Falls - Solo ShowGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichSolo
2013Sam Falls - Final ForeverMichael Benevento, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Fearful SymmetryGalerie Balice Hertling, ParisGroup
2013Anamericana: On View At The AcademyAmerican Academy in Rome Gallery, RomeGroup
2013ReMap 4ReMap, AthensGroup
2013Sam Falls, Jacob Kassay, Matt Sheridan Smith, Joe ZorrillaHannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection: Painting in the 2.5th DimensionZabludowicz Collection London, LondonGroup
2013A Different Kind Of Order: The ICP TriennialThe ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, New York City, NYGroup
2013Stand-in Galerie Albert Baronian, BrusselsGroup
2013Inner JourneysMaison Particulière, BrusselsGroup
2013Good Luck and Safe JourneyT293, NaplesGroup
2012UntitledLuce Gallery, TurinSolo
2012Sam FallsM+B, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012UntitledGalería Marta Cervera, MadridSolo
2012Sam Falls: Solo ExhibitionAmerican Contemporary, New York City, NYSolo
2012UntitledM+B, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Samuel FallsChina Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012NadaChina Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Set-UpJousse Entreprise, ParisGroup
2012Time, After TimeRonchini Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Group exhibitionChina Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Group ShowWest Street Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Vision QuestNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, ThurmanEleven Rivington, New York City, NYGroup
2012Group exhibitionGalería Marta Cervera, MadridGroup
2012Changing States of MatterBrand New Gallery, MilanGroup
2012Photography IsHigher Pictures, New York City, NYGroup
2012Pewter Wings, Golden Horns, Stone VeilsGrimm Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2012N Dash & Sam FallsTwig Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2012Behind the LightGaleria Pedro Cera, LisbonGroup
2011UntitledWest Street Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Sam Falls Somewhere to GoOHWOW Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2011Somewhere to GoOHWOW, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011Sam Falls - Everything Keeps Being NothingHigher Pictures, New York City, NYSolo
2011KarmaWhite Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2011The War in VietnamRedling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2: The ExhibitionCAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2011Painted PicturesBlackston Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Sam Falls - Nothing Is RevealedHigher Pictures, New York City, NYSolo
2010Our Winter Show 2010Gallery Steinsland Berliner, StockholmGroup
2010Photography Now 2010 - EITHER AND, Part One: THE NEW SKEWThe Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NYGroup
201050 Artists Photograph the FutureHigher Pictures, New York City, NYGroup