Opening on Friday, August 30, 6-8 pm
Maag-Areal, Zahnradstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Sam Falls
Sam Falls has long pursued a particular interest in the influence of natural phenomenon such as light, rain or time
and wind may have on his abstract paintings and sculptures. The idea of a sublime deterioration, a controlled and
expected change on materials ranging from steel to cloth and others, creates a work that forces the viewer to
consider not only the final image of it, but most importantly the process of its change. His oeuvre spans an
incredible array of mediums and techniques whilst maintaining a stylistic coherence.
Falls will present different bodies of work starting with the already famous rope paintings, created by leaving a
white canvas on a washing line, with a rope filled with pigments, exposed to air, elements and most importantly to
the effects of rain. The paintings absorb the pigments in a random manner, with interesting effects created by
chance, and then framed with the rope that served the process. As mentioned by the artist, his goal is to create
works that have „formed over time, rather than captured in an instant“.
Another series on display is the colorful sculptures, coated on one side with UV-protected pigment and on the
other side with non-UV-protected pigment. The sculpture, meant to be outdoors, will evolve according to its
location, the elements and the light it is exposed to. A similar process of exposition to the sun is applied to the
drywalls, placed in relation to photographs taken from the artist’s window. Early in his career, Falls mastered the
techniques related to large-format photography and the notion of „the photographic“ has remained a conceptual
motor for much of his work.
The exhibition will feature new sculptures made of marble and copper embedded in a tradition of Minimalism from
Donald Judd to Frank Stella.
Sam Falls follows a new tradition of Minimalism and Land art, whilst pursuing a quest towards abstraction,
including new elements and techniques in revolutionary ways. The aesthetics of his oeuvre have undoubtedly been
influenced by a Los Angeles environment yet his works carry a poetry and an immediacy rarely found in