Sam Porritt

Sam Porritt is an artist living and working in Zurich, Switzerland. Referencing both individual and shared histories, his work in drawing, sculpture, text and the moving image is largely concerned with human agency and its associated ethical implications. What can at first appear to be unconnected ideas and questions articulated in disparate ways are in fact often the same intractable problems only viewed from different perspectives. Added to this is his underlying interest in producing things that stand-alone, artworks that require little if any corroborating information outside of themselves.

Porritt’s recent works, including ‘Grist To The Mill’ (2016), focus his parallel investigations into sculpture and drawing and have been preoccupied with the idea of progress, what progress means for an individual and the society in which they live.



Sam Porritt (b. 1979, London, UK) graduated with a BFA in sculpture from the Chelsea School of Art and Design (2002). In 2005 he received his Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London. He was selected for the Swiss Art Awards 2017 and his book ‘ASSEMBLY – Cast of Characters’ was published by SIDE ISSUES, Zurich, CH (2015).

Solo exhibitions include: ‘The Lonely Target’, c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, Belgium (2017); ’Grist To The Mill’, VITRINE, London, UK (2016); ‘Hidden In Plain Sight’ (with Fabio Pirovino), Frutta, Rome, IT (2016); ‘Falling Gets Me Down’, Naming Rights, London, UK (2015); ‘The More You Look, The More You Look’, 100 plus, Zurich, CH (2014); ‘Captive Audience’, MOK, Rotterdam, NL (2013); ‘Heads & Faces’, PEER, London, UK (2013); and, ‘Going Forward…’ Anne Mosserie-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, CH (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include: ‘A Journey from a sweeping gesture to a lasting effect’, VITRINE, Basel, CH (2016); ‘Being Boring’, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS (2016); ‘L’Hospice des Mille-Cuisses’ CAN, Neuchâtel, CH (2015); ‘Works on Paper by Sculptors’, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2015); ‘Hairy Plotter and the Polygrapher’s Tones’, Toves, Copenhagen, DK (2015); ‘Kunstvlaai’, solo presentation with Q. Projects, Amsterdam, NL (2014);’Pleasure Principles’, Foundation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, FR (2014); ‘Enjoy The Squares & Triangles You Know. Discover The Squares & Triangles You Don’t Know’, Arcade Fine Arts, London, UK (2013); ‘The Red Queen’ MONA, Tasmania, AUS (2013); ‘Emmy Moore’s Journal: An Exhibition Based on a Letter in a short Story by Jane Bowles,’ SALTS, Basel CH (2013); and ‘Nothing is Forever’ at the South London Gallery, London, UK (2010).

He has curated the exhibitions ‘What’s in a Band? Eyes, Ears, Mouth & Nose!’ at Corner College, Zurich, CH (2012) and ‘Oneself As Another’, at K3 Project Space, Zurich, CH (2011).

Porritt has a forthcoming solo show at CIRCUIT, Lausanne (November 2017), his first Swiss institutional solo exhibition.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view.

Sam Porritt, No Room For a View, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 70 x 100 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Of Horns and Thorns, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 70 x 100 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Lost and Found, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 70 x 100 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Swell and Spill, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 70 x 100 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, The Dirty Cleaner, 2017. Pencil on paper. Frame. 42 x 29.7 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Muscle Memory, 2017. Synthetic clay, steel, wood. 175 x 210 x 20 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Supplicant, 2017. Cardboard, clay, motor, steel, wood. 200 x 50 x 35 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Supplicant, 2017. Cardboard, clay, motor, steel, wood. 200 x 50 x 35 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, From Bad to Worse and Back, 2017. Hand dyed wool. Made by Limited Edition in Belgium. 200 x 250 x 2 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Sam Porritt, Magic, 2017. Aluminium, clay, fabric, polystyrene. 15 x 127 x 99 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Why The Long Face...?!, 2017. Charcoal on paper. 29 x 42 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Inside Out, 2016. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Framed. 100 x 70 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, paint, pigment ink. 95 x 260 x 25 cm. Installation view. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, paint, pigment ink. 95 x 260 x 25 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, paint, pigment ink. 95 x 260 x 25 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere I, 2016. Brush and Ink on Paper, 70 x 100 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere I, 2016. Brush and Ink on Paper, 70 x 100 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere I, 2016. Brush and Ink on Paper, 70 x 100 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere I, 2016. Brush and Ink on Paper, 70 x 100 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa

Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2016. Ink on paper. 286 x 150 cm. Photographer: Mark Niedermann

Sam Porritt, The Mind Boggles, 2016. Ink on paper. 286 x 144 cm. Photographer: Mark Niedermann

Sam Porritt, Both Vice and Versa, 2016. Ink on paper, motor, thread. 150 x 100 cm. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Mark Niedermann

Sam Porritt, Rise and Fall, 2015. Custom Made Electronic Equipment, Rubber Ball. 38 x 110 x 45 cm. Installation view. Courtesy of the former Serrieres slaughter house, CAN, Neufchatel, Switzerland.

Sam Porritt, Migrant, 2015. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Framed. 83 x 59 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 51 x 72 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Either Here or There, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, Rhyme Before Reason I, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 42 x 59 cm

Sam Porritt, Rhyme Before Reason II, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 42 x 59 cm

Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 70 x 100 cm

Sam Porritt, Janus Drawing VI, 2013. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 42 x 59 cm

Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2013. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 42 x 50 cm

Sam Porritt, Upsetting Calm Waters, 2013. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Framed. 84 x 57 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, My Mind Made Me Do It (Again and Again), 2013. Wall Paper. dimensions varies. Installation view. Courtesy of SALTS, Basel.

Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2013. Charcoal on Paper. 70 x 100 cm.  

Sam Porritt, Carrot Shaped Stick, 2013. Cast Bronze, Lead, String (bronze casts). 5 x 100 x 5 cm and 7.5 x 110 x 7.5 cm. Installation view. Courtesy of MONA, Tasmania, AU. Photographer: Remi Chauvin

Sam Porritt, One Up, Three Down, 2012. Brush and ink on paper, framed (in 4 parts). 42 x 60 cm

Sam Porritt, Worried About The Future, Embarrassed By The Past, 2012. Brush and Ink on Paper. 42 x 59 cm

Sam Porritt, Coming From Nowhere And Then Going Back There, 2012 - 2015. Brass and Enamel Plaque, Model Railway Track, Wood. 23 x 80 x 20 cm

Sam Porritt, Wallpaper Design for a Room with a Captive Audience, 2011. Ink on paper, framed. 50 x 70 cm

Sam Porritt, Untitled (Mirror Drawing), 2010. Brush and ink on paper.Unique. Photographer Daniel Spehr. Courtesy of Atelier Mondial.

Sam Porritt, Looking For Trouble, 2009. Glass Lamp, marker Pen, Plywood. 75 x 100 x 50 cm.

Sam Porritt, Thanks For Nothing, 2009. Pigment ink on paper. Framed. 29.7 x 42 cm. Unique.

Sam Porritt, It's All Relative, 2009. Pigment Ink on Paper. 42 x 29 cm. Courtesy of MONA, Tasmania, AU. Photographer: Remi Chauvin.

Sam Porritt, My Mind Made Me Do It, 2009. Charcoal on paper. 24 x 42 cm. Unique. Photographer Daniel Spehr. Courtesy Atelier Mondial.

Sam Porritt, Untitled (Heads) Untitled (Faces), 2005-2008. Untitled (Head), 2005. Oil based Paint, Plaster, Steel. 52 x 49 x 50 cm. Untitled (Head), 2007. Oil based Paint, Plaster, Steel. 65 x 50 x 51 cm (floor) Untitled (Faces), 2006 - 2008. Brush and Ink on Paper. (each) 42 x 30 cm (wall). Installation view. Courtesy of PEER, London.

 

Sam Porritt
Grist To The Mill
2016
Aluminium, motor, bearings, steel, paint, pigment ink.
95 x 260 x 25 cm.
VITRINE, London
Photographer Jonathan Bassett.