Public Art Fund Talks at The New School: Sam Falls

November 12, 2014 6:30PM

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Sam Falls creates sculptures, fabric works, and paintings that combine his interest in the history of minimalist sculpture with an experimentation of process and materials. In much of his work, Falls has investigated deterioration and photographic exposure, focusing on the long-term effects of sunlight, rain, and time on materials like paper, steel, painted aluminum, and cloth. Falls’s process-based practice often incorporates a relationship to the natural environment, and, in recent years, the artist has produced numerous works for outdoor exhibition and public space. On the occasion of his current outdoor exhibition, Light Over Time, on view through May 2015 at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, Falls will speak about his production process with a particular focus on working in the public realm.

Sam Falls (b. 1984, San Diego, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has recently been shown at LAXART (Los Angeles), Museo MADRE (Naples), International Center of Photography (New York), American Academy in Rome, Fotografiska (Stockholm), and the Woodstock Center for Photography (New York). In 2014, exhibitions of his work will be presented by the Zabludowicz Collection (London) and the Pomona College Museum of Art (California); in 2015 his work will be shown at the Guiliani Foundation (Rome), Ballroom Marfa (Texas), and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the International Center for Photography, New York, among others. He received his BA from Reed College and his MFA from ICP-Bard. He has self-published more than ten books, including Color Dying Light (Hassla, 2009), Dans la Chambre Verte (JSBJ, 2010), Light Work (Gottlund Verlag, 2010) and Visible Library (Lay Flat, 2011). Falls is represented by Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles.

The Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.