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Michael E. Smith, Sam Falls, Adriano Costa and Samara Scott “High Street” at Zabludowicz Collection, London

Michael E. Smith

The work of Michael E. Smith is enigmatic, thought-provoking and often confounding. Frequently working with found objects of an abject nature such as crushed plastic containers, tarred bird feathers, deconstructed computer casing and resin-encrusted clothes, Smith places these fragments in empty expanses, dark recesses or high corners of gallery spaces.

By damaging, embellishing or sometimes simply presenting such objects, Smith encourages a confrontation with both their past and present. His exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection populates the tiered mezzanine and spreads to small side rooms and back corridors. The human scale and deliberate starkness of the artworks prompts reflection on the fragility of bodies, and in turn the fragility of society and the natural environment. Smith translates the resourcefulness of his upbringing in Detroit in to a practice full of defiant awkwardness, sensitivity and dark humour.

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at Zabludowicz Collection, London

until 10 August 2014

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Michael E. Smith installation views at Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2014

Courtesy: the artist; Zabludowicz Collection. Photos: Stuart Whipps.

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Sam Falls

The time-based nature of photography is the core of Sam Falls’ practice, which he expands into sculpture, painting and video. The centre-pieces of his exhibition are large-scale sculptures in copper, marble and coloured aluminium. While they may appear crisp and monumental they also contain the potential for aging through the inclusion of deliberately untreated surfaces. Alongside will be presented three video works from the Final Forever series. For each work the artist appropriates one of Andrei Tarkovsky’s famously lingering shots and couples it with a section of a song by the Velvet Underground. Both the footage and the audio track are seamlessly and endlessly looped, going nowhere, but full of tension.

A series of new works have also been produced in the weeks preceding exhibition on Finnish island of Sarvisalo, as part of the Zabludowicz Collection residency programme. Large expanses of hand-dyed fabric have been exposed to rain, sunlight and dew while overlaid with leaves and blossom. The resulting images are both abstract and representative of a specific environment and duration. Balancing notions of control with the potential for change, Falls encourages the viewer to engage with the material object presented, and in turn a shared relationship with the artist in time, place, and processes of production.

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at Zabludowicz Collection, London

until 10 August 2014

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Sam Falls installation views at Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2014

Courtesy: the artist; Zabludowicz Collection. Photos: Stuart Whipps.

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Adriano Costa

Through an intuitive approach, which he compares to the rhythms of music, Costa composes shapes and textures that are often subtle, yet full of narrative possibility. The boundaries between art and non-art objects, and the distinction between the throwaway and the precious are actively questioned. While working in the lineage of 20th century abstraction and installation such as Brazilian Concrete and Neo-Concrete art and Italian Arte Povera, Costa pursues an irreverent, and very current, path.

In the installation From My Body Comes, Through Your Body Goes, 2009–2012 materials such as brightly coloured towels, bronze cast plaques, black umbrellas, gold coated rubber and collaged tourist T-shirts are deftly combined to suggest unspecified symbolic meanings. Presented in the Middle Gallery, Costa reactivates this group of works in relation to the traces of its past use.

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at Zabludowicz Collection, London

until 10 August 2014

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Adriano Costa installation views at Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2014

Courtesy: the artist; Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photos: Stuart Whipps.

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Samara Scott

Scott lifts textures and sensations directly from the daily flow of images that surround us, addressing head-on our complex contemporary experience of the body. She describes her process of making as ‘a sort of sentimental material investigation; a slow digestion of cosmetic, edible and chemical cultural debris’. Interested in the lure of superficiality, Scott fuses together make-up, painted silicone, tin-foil and felt in delicate and suggestive combinations. Allusions to personal and collective memories are suggested in layered, theatrical environments which reference to numerous art historical and decorative styles, such as Post-Impressionism, Colour Field painting, postmodern décor, through to present-day Pop iconography. For this exhibition Scott has produced a major new installation, centred around large sheets of glass densely encrusted on their reverse with multiple objects. These semi-transparent sculptural surfaces are joined by a large wall mural made using toothpaste, in a process that transfers and bleeds the ink from magazine images.

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at Zabludowicz Collection, London

until 10 August 2014

Paris Melts, 2014

Aquarelle Gastebuch 1, 2014

Alone Cowboy Drift, 2014

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Samara Scott “High Street” at Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2014

Courtesy: the artist; Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photos: Stuart Whipps.

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