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.
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.
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).
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.