Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Sam Falls
sine sole sileo

29 May — 02 September 2017

Galleria Franco Noero is pleased to present 'sine sole sileo', Sam Falls’ second solo exhibition in Turin, that features a series of new works realized over the past three years, including paintings on linen, photographies and video works inspired by natural shadows.


"Time tells every history, and withholds every future; we only see the light of the burning star lightyears away. Art is like this, tending the garden for fruit to grow. You work and then wait, you step back and look for fruit, you trim the dying parts of the plant and water the roots. Our hearts beat in waves, there’s a pulse that goes up and down – we can understand this – but how can we be the blood?

Nature offers a perspective into this pure potential. I’ve always been inspired by the sublime black and white photographs of Ansel Adams, encouraging the viewer to head for the wilder parts of nature. Reciprocally, I often consider the cautious tale told by Robert Adams’s melancholy photographs of modern man’s caustic and distanced relationship to the American landscape. I was thinking, how can I engage with our national forests on the same level, to continue this artistic consideration and dedication to nature, when the history is well documented, and the future is uncertain? I decided to visit national parks across the country and work within them, with the same photographic precepts as Adams and Adams, but using a paintbrush instead – to try and enter the bloodstream rather than picture the pulse.

As with photography, these works are tracings of light, but over an extended exposure that would be impossible with a camera – rather than 1/6th of a second, these trace the shadow of a native plant or stone for six hours or more, depending on the season. Beginning at high-noon, I follow the shadow across the linen until sunset, starting over with a new color every time I reach the end of the shadow-plane. Chasing the shadow with the brush, the tracings become organic sundials, an image of a place both fleeting and permanent. They are pictures of a light and time that has been repeating for centuries, as with the petrified wood in the Petrified Desert National Park, or more ephemerally by season like the deciduous leaves in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The experience of making these works lends such an intimacy and inspiration still guided by the slow working style of large format photography that I was inspired to capture the subject at the beginning or end of the day with an 8x10 camera. I used positive transparency film and framed it in a copper frame (modeled after the film holder) which then hangs in the window creating an equation of intimacy. The light from the place and time was captured on this film and is now re-animated from sun-up to sun-down by the natural light of it’s subsequent location. The same sun shares a vision of the past with the future. The sculptures of wood and light are also tracings, this time using glass and gas to illuminate the portrait of a person laying on the wood, merged with the organic structure of the redwood itself. Each portrait is a friend I work with laying on reclaimed wood that comes from fallen trees in the Redwood National Forest. Centuries old, they’ve finally come to rest, and now as an homage in a sense, mineral glass houses various natural gases to illustrate this history of growth. Together, the goal of these various works is to ride the pulse of ambient geological time and give an image, a portrait, of light and space as it passes through the vulnerable permanence of natural preserves amidst western growth."


Sam Falls, 2016

Sam Falls (b. 1984) lives and works in Los Angeles. Institutional solo exhibitions include: September Spring, The Kitchen, New York, USA (2015); Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA (2015); Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy (2015); Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom (2014); Sam Falls: Light over Time, Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, New York, USA (2014); Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, California, USA (2014); LA><ART, Los Angeles, USA (2013). Selected group shows include: Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (2016); Wasteland, Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, France (2016); Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick (2016) and Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2015); Splitting Light, UB Art Gallery, University at Buffalo, New York, USA (2015); Apparition: Frottage and Rubbings from 1985 to Now, Hammer Museum, co-organized by the Menil Collection, Houston, Los Angeles, USA (2015); Per_Forming a collection #1, Madre Museum, Naples, Italy (2014); A different kind of Order: The ICP Triennial, International Center of Photography, New York, USA (2013). Falls’ work is included in important museum collections, including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Albright Knox, Buffalo, New York; Zabludowicz Collection, London.

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