Sam Porritt

Sam Porritt is a British artist based in Zürich, CH who references 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.

Sam Porritt, Untitled (Where Dust Gathers), 2021. 8 sculptures of gesso on canvas and styrofoam. 123 x 88.5 x 88.5 cm (each). Photographer: Stefan Altenburger.
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Sam Porritt, Untitled (Where Dust Gathers), 2021. 8 sculptures of gesso on canvas and styrofoam. 123 x 88.5 x 88.5 cm (each). Photographer: Stefan Altenburger.
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Sam Porritt, Duty of Care, 2020. Assorted studio drawings, motor, steel, table. Dimensions Variable.
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Sam Porritt, Duty of Care, 2020. Assorted studio drawings, motor, steel, table. Dimensions Variable.
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Sam Porritt, Lying in Wait, 2019. Ink on Paper. Framed. 65 x 50 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Lying in Wait II, 2019. Ink on Paper. Framed. 65 x 50 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Citadel, 2019. Canvas, Card, Gesso, Hair, Sand, Ground Glass, and Wax Crayon. 200 x 73 x 17 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Help, 2019. Ink and Wax Crayon on Paper. Framed.
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Sam Porritt, Help Me, 2018. Brush and ink on paper. Framed. 57.2 x 44.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Help Them, 2018. Brush and ink on paper. Framed. 57.2 x 44.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Lost at Sea, 2018. Plaster, iron dust, wire, wood, motor, steel, glass, LED bulb. 60 x 176 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Oil on Water, 2018. Silk, wire, fan. 100 x 100 cm.
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Sam Porritt, A Matter of Perspective (Triptych), 2018. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Card, plaster, papier-mâché. 82 x 7.5 cm each.
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Sam Porritt, Desert, 2018. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Card, plaster, papier-mâché.  82 x 7.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Growth, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Up and Out, 2017. Brush, ink, wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Close Up, 2017. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Duck Rabbit, 2017. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, The Dirty Cleaner, 2017. Pencil on paper. Framed. 42 x 29.5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Muscle Memory, 2017. Synthetic clay, steel, wood. 210 x 175 x 20 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Magic, 2017. Aluminium, clay, fabric, polystyrene. 127 x 15 x 99 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Supplicant, 2017. Cardboard, clay, motor, steel, wood. 50 x 200 x 35 cm.
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Sam Porritt, From Bad to Worse and Back, 2017. Hand dyed wool. 200 x 250 x 2 cm. Made by Limited Edition in Belgium.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, steel, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25cm.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, steel, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25cm.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill (detail), 2016. Aluminium, motor, bearings, steel, paint, pigment ink. 260 x 95 x 25 cm.
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Sam Porritt, All in All, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 70 x 50 cm.
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Sam Porritt, In Itself III, 2016. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere I, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Going Nowhere III, 2016. Brush and ink on paper. 100 x 70 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Untitled (Hopes and Fears), 2016. Two balloons, helium, keys, thread. Dimensions variable.
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Sam Porritt, Untitled, 2016. Ink on paper. 286 x 150 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Rise and Fall, 2015. Custom made electronic equipment, rubber ball. The machine lifts a high density rubber ball into the air then releases it to bounce to a standstill; repeats. 38 x 110 x 45cm.
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Sam Porritt, Rhyme Before Reason I, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Framed. 70 x 54 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Rhyme Before Reason II, 2014. Brush, ink and wax crayon on paper. Framed. 70 x 54 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Carrot Shaped Stick, 2013. Cast Bronze, Lead, String (bronze casts). 100 x 5 x 5 cm.
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Sam Porritt, We're Tripping Myself Up, 2012. Pigment ink on paper. 42 x 29.7 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Looking For Trouble, 2009. Glass lamp, marker pen, plywood. 75 x 100 x 50 cm.
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Sam Porritt, Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich, 2020. Installation view. Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH. Photographer: Christian Hartmann.
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Sam Porritt, Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich, 2020. Installation view. Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH. Photographer: Christian Hartmann.
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Sam Porritt, Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich, 2020. Installation view. Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH. Photographer: Christian Hartmann.
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Sam Porritt, After Bob Ross: Everything is Beautiful, 2020. Installation view. Museum Im Bellpark, Kriens, CH. Photographer: Martin Stollenwerk.
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Sam Porritt, Out of Place, 2019. Installation view. Paradise Works, Manchester, UK.
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Sam Porritt, Citadel, 2019. Installation view. DAMA 2019, Turin, IT.
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Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel, CH. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.
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Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.
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Sam Porritt, The Golden Rule, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, The Lonely Target, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, Trophy, 2017.  Installation view. Swiss Art Awards 2017.
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Sam Porritt, Solo Booth at POPPOSITIONS 6th Edition, 2017. Installation view. ING Art Center, Brussels, BE.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Hidden In Plain Sight, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Frutta, Rome, IT.
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Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Sam Porritt, Both Vice and Versa, 2016. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Mark Niedermann.
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Sam Porritt, Carrot Shaped Stick, 2013. Installation view. Courtesy of MONA, Tasmania, AU. Photographer: Remi Chauvin.
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Sam Porritt, My Mind Made Me Do It (Again and Again), 2013. Installation view. SALTS, Basel, CH.
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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. Additional to this is his underlying interest in producing things that stand-alone, artworks that require little if any corroborating information outside of themselves.

Sam Porritt’s recent works, including ‘Citadel’ (2019), focuses his parallel investigations into sculpture and drawing which are preoccupied with the idea of progress, what progress means for an individual and the society in which they live.

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Sam Porritt (b. 1979, London, UK) lives and works in Zürich, CH. He holds a BFA in sculpture from the Chelsea School of Art and Design (2002) and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools (2005). He was selected for the Swiss Art Awards 2017 & 2020 and his book ‘ASSEMBLY – Cast of Characters’ was published by SIDE ISSUES, Zurich, CH (2015).

He has been exhibited internationally at triennials, institutions, galleries and fairs including: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, CH; Centre Culturel Suissie Paris, FR; Nidwaldner Museum, Stans, CH; Kunsthalle Zürich, CH; Museum Bellpark, Kriens, CH; 17th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, EE; South London Gallery, London, UK; DAMA 2019, Turin, IT; Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS; Paradise Works, Manchester, UK; VITRINE, Basel, CH; VITRINE, London, UK; INDIANA, Vevey, CH; CAN, Neuchâtel, CH; The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; Toves, Copenhagen, DK; Q. Projects, Amsterdam, NL; Foundation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, FR; Arcade Fine Arts, London, UK; MONA, Tasmania, AUS; SALTS, Basel CH; CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH; c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, BE; Frutta, Rome, IT; Naming Rights, London, UK; 100 plus, Zurich, CH; MOK, Rotterdam, NL; PEER, London, UK; Anne Mosserie-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, CH.

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 is currently exhibiting in ‘Works on Paper: Paper works from the collection’ at Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, CH (until 16 January 2022) and 'Hermes Trismegistos Dreams of Futures within Futures' Die Diele, Zürich, CH (until 28 November 2021).

Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show in Saint-Martin Bookshop, Brussels, BE (February 2022).

Sam Porritt, Out of Place, 2019
Video documentation of Sam Porritt's solo show 'Out of Place' at Paradise Works, Manchester, UK in 2019.
Sam Porritt, A Certain Change, 2018
Video documentation of Sam Porritt's solo show 'A Certain Change' at VITRINE, Basel in 2018.
Sam Porritt, Grist To The Mill, 2016
Video Documentation of Sam Porritt's work 'Grist To The Mill' at VITRINE, London in 2016.
Sam Porritt, Rise and Fall, 2015
Video documentation of Sam Porritt's work 'Rise and Fall' at Kunsthalle Zürich, CH in 2020.
Sam Porritt in conversation with Eliza Lips 2021
Sam Porritt in conversation with Eliza Lips about his work 'Untitled (Where Dust Gathers)' on show in the spotlight section of 'RESET' at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, CH.
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Sounding Off 2.0
Aug 2020
09
Sunday
Nov 2020
08
Sunday

Nadim Abbas, Nicole Bachmann, Edwin Burdis, Kara Chin, Anaïs Comer, Tim Etchells, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ludovica Gioscia, Katrin Hanusch, Candice Jacobs, Sophie Jung, Rene Matić, Campbell McConnell, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Milly Peck, Sam Porritt, Ralph Pritchard, Natasha Rees, Bioni Samp, James Stopforth, and Charlie Godet Thomas.

Group show

Sounding Off 2.0

VITRINE, Digital

DAMA 2019
Oct 2019
30
Wednesday
Nov 2019
03
Sunday
Group show

DAMA 2019

Fair: DAMA, Turin, IT

A Certain Change
Sep 2018
15
Saturday
Jan 2019
27
Sunday
Group show

A Certain Change

VITRINE, Basel

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