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 Golden Rule’, CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH (2017); ‘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: ‘Tipping the Scales‘ at Paradise Works, Manchester, UK (2018); ‘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).

Sam Porritt is included in the 17th edition of Tallinn Print Triennial main exhibition ‘Cloudbusters: Intensity vs. Intention’ at EKKM, Tallinn, EE (June 2018) and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at VITRINE, Basel (September 2018).

Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.

Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.

Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.

Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.

Sam Porritt, Trophy, 2017, Brass, Bronze, Enamel Paint, Foam, Screws, Staples, Wood, Wool, 37x160x21cm. (Framed Drawing) Ink on Paper, 42x29cm. Made with the kind assistance of H. Rüetschi AG, Aarau. Installation view. Swiss Art Awards 2017.

Sam Porritt, Trophy, 2017, Brass, Bronze, Enamel Paint, Foam, Screws, Staples, Wood, Wool, 37x160x21cm. (Framed Drawing) Ink on Paper, 42x29cm. Made with the kind assistance of H. Rüetschi AG, Aarau. Installation view. Swiss Art Awards 2017.

Sam Porritt, Trophy, 2017, Brass, Bronze, Enamel Paint, Foam, Screws, Staples, Wood, Wool, 37x160x21cm. (Framed Drawing) Ink on Paper, 42x29cm. Made with the kind assistance of H. Rüetschi AG, Aarau. Installation view. Swiss Art Awards 2017.

Sam Porritt, Trophy, 2017, Brass, Bronze, Enamel Paint, Foam, Screws, Staples, Wood, Wool, 37x160x21cm. (Framed Drawing) Ink on Paper, 42x29cm. Made with the kind assistance of H. Rüetschi AG, Aarau. Installation view. Swiss Art Awards 2017.

Sam Porritt, Solo Booth at POPPOSITIONS 6th Edition, 2017. ING Art Center, Brussels, BE.

Sam Porritt (with Fabio Marco Pirovino), Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016, Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.

Sam Porritt (with Fabio Marco Pirovino), Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016, Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.

Sam Porritt (with Fabio Marco Pirovino), Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016, Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.

Sam Porritt (with Fabio Marco Pirovino), Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016, Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.

Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer Jonathan Bassett.

Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer Jonathan Bassett.

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

Sam Porritt, Both Vice and Versa, 2016. Installation view, VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Mark Niedermann.

Sam Porritt, Rise and Fall, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of the former Serrieres slaughter house, CAN, Neufchatel, CH.

Sam Porritt, Carrot Shaped Stick, 2013. Installation view. Photographer: Remi Chauvin. Courtesy of MONA, Tasmania, AU.

Sam Porritt, Around and About, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.

Sam Porritt, Growth, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.

Sam Porritt, Up and Out, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.

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

Sam Porritt, Muscle Memory, 2017. Synthetic clay, steel, wood. 210 x 175 x 20 cm. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels.

Sam Porritt, Magic, 2017. Aluminium, clay, fabric, polystyrene. 127 x 15 x 99 cm. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels.

Sam Porritt, Supplicant, 2017. Cardboard, clay, motor, steel, wood. 50 x 200 x 35 cm. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels.

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, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, steel, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25cm. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, 2017.

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

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

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

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere II, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa.

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere III, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa.

Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere IV, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm. Photographer: Roberto Apa.

Sam Porritt, Untitled (Hopes and Fears), 2016. Two balloons, helium, keys, thread. Dimensions variable.

Sam Porritt, In Itself II, 2016. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.

Sam Porritt, In Itself II, 2016. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.

Sam Porritt, Emperors New Clothes, 2016. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.

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, We're Tripping Myself Up, 2012. Pigment ink on paper. 42 x 29.7 cm.

Sam Porritt, Looking For Trouble, 2009. Glass lamp, marker pen, plywood. 75 x 100 x 50 cm.

 

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.