Sam Lock: Now/here
Cadogan Contemporary is delighted to present Now/here, a solo exhibition featuring new work by the acclaimed British artist Sam Lock.
A key inspiration for Lock is the written word, in particular the work of the dramatists Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. As the latter famously said, ‘Underneath what is said, something else is being said’ and the ideas invoked in that observation – notions of double meanings, loss, discovery and the overlapping of past and present – are key to understanding Lock’s oeuvre.
Comprised of fifteen medium and large-scale paintings, as well as sculptures and a suite of works on paper, this is the artist’s largest presentation to date and his third with the gallery. The paintings are rendered in Lock’s trademark style. A canvas is prepared with gesso onto which layers of acrylic and household paint are applied and then manipulated and treated to the effects of a heat gun. The artist sees each canvas as a battleground, where the collisions between materials are orchestrated to some extent, but there is also a pervading element of chance and unpredictability due to unplanned physical and chemical interactions.
The sculptural works, described as ‘containers of energy,’ are created from sheets of copper, treated as ‘battlegrounds’, being sprayed with nitrate to achieve extraordinary reactions, as well as exposed to blow-torches and a club hammer. Intrinsic to these works is the mirrored surface of the plinths, lending the sculptures a further optic dimension.
The private view will be Thursday 12 September, 6 – 8.30pm.