Sam Porritt


20 April 2017 - 23 April 2017

POPPOSITIONS is an annual assembly in Brussels of galleries, artist initiatives and project spaces. Conceived as an experiment with the art fair format, POPPOSITIONS aims to occupy an independent and critical position.

POPPOSITIONS’ 6th edition will take place at the ING Art Center, centrally located at the heart of Brussels museums quarter, from 20 until 23 April 2017. With the leitmotiv “Don’t Agonize, Organize” as a leading principle, the jury has sought for proposals that steer and reinvent the political imagination by proposing diverse forms of political opposition that are rich in alternatives, concrete in propositions, and delivered through everyday projects. On this premise, the jury has selected 21 project spaces, artist initiatives and galleries that re-envision what it means to be grounded, accountable and active as part of a community with shared hopes and aspirations.

VITRINE will present a solo booth of Sam Porritt. In much of his work across various media, Porritt sublimates complex questions concerning the human condition into artworks that are simple to grasp yet sometimes dizzyingly multifaceted.

Porritt will show a series of new and existing drawings alongside a new work especially made for the fair titled ‘From Bad to Worse and Back’ (2017); a carpet of the artists design made by the renowned Belgian company Limited Edition. The design of the carpet brings together two aspects of Porritt’s drawing practice by combining both his figurative and abstract tendencies.

POPPOSITIONS is located at ING ART CENTER, Brussels, Mont des Arts/Kunstberg, Place Royale/Koningsplein 6. More information on the fair: 

Sam Porritt (b. 1979, London, UK) lives and works in Zurich, CH. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Chelsea School of Art and Design (2002). In 2005 he received his Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London. Recent solo exhibitions include: ’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). Porritt has a forthcoming exhibition at Composite, Brussels, Belgium (September 2017).

POPPOSITIONS 6th Edition solo booth of Sam Porritt

POPPOSITIONS 6th Edition solo booth of Sam Porritt

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

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

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

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

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