You are here

Grist To The Mill

City:

Categories:

Date: 
Friday, 30 September 2016 to Saturday, 12 November 2016
Opening: 
Thursday, 29 September 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

SAM PORRITT | Grist To The Mill

A solo exhibition by the artist Sam Porritt. He will show a new work titled ‘Grist To The Mill’ that combines his work in sculpture and drawing.

With ‘Grist To The Mill’ Porritt touches on the interconnected ideas of growth and progress, how they relate to the individual and by extension the society in which they exist. The title ‘Grist To The Mill’ is an idiom that is synonymous with capitalism, meaning at its simplest that ‘everything can be turned for profit’. At the same time it invokes a sense of being enmeshed in a relentless process that we are powerless to arrest.

The sculpture consists of a series of large interconnected cogs featuring drawings of faces that endlessly turn on each other, the expressions of the faces appearing to comment on their own sorry predicament. The work rests on the relationship between the steady grinding of the cogs and the expressive, swiftly drawn lines of the faces. As Joanna Fiduccia described in ‘The Swift Face’ - an essay published in a book of Porritt’s drawings - “The face is swift on two accounts: quick to announce itself in the world, and quick to change its aspect. Expressions flash up, flicker across, crash over the surface of the face like a wave.“ 

Appropriately on show at this moment of political and economic uncertainty, ‘Grist To The Mill’ succinctly sums up what it is to be at the mercy of our times, hostage to our own biology and subject to external forces beyond our control.

VITRINE promotes a new model of exhibition-making. Exhibitions are viewable 24/7 through the glass from the public square.

 

Artist ( Description ): 

Sam Porritt (b. 1979, London, UK. Lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland) 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. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Hidden In Plain Sight’ (with Fabio Marco Pirovino), Futta, Rome, IT (2016); ‘Falling Gets Me Down’, Naming Rights, London, UK (2015); ‘The More Your 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: ‘Being Boring’, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS (2016); ‘L’Hospice des Mille-Cuisses’ CAN, Neuchâtel, CH (2015). ’Pleasure Principles’ (cur. Library Plus), Foundation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, FR (2014); ‘The Red Queen’ MONA, Tasmania, AUS (2013); ‘The Curators Egg’ Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK (2012).

Venue ( Address ): 

VITRINE, London

VITRINE , London

Other events from VITRINE

view
Weaving time, spinning spine | Cecilia Fiona
01/19/2024 to 03/09/2024
view
The felling of Daphne
11/18/2023 to 02/11/2024
view
Fields of Porosity
10/10/2023 to 01/14/2024
view
Continue without Accepting
10/06/2023 to 12/09/2023

Pages

Related Shows This Week in UK

view
Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate at Firstsite
12/01/2023 to 12/31/2024
view
MR MEN & LITTLE MISS REIMAGINED AT HELM GALLERY
06/07/2024 to 07/21/2024
view
Memories of the Five Administrations
05/15/2024 to 06/22/2024
view
Woodbury House Presents Blek le Rat: 'War & Peace’
06/19/2024 to 07/31/2024
view
Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss
05/11/2024 to 07/20/2024
view
Folk & Bespoke Artisan Craft Market
05/04/2024 to 12/07/2024
view
Distant Presence
06/10/2024 to 06/28/2024
view
Visual Art Open Phase 3
04/19/2024 to 06/26/2024

Pages


 

 

Follow us on @_artweek