This May, Artereal Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures, by Berlin-based Australian artist Sam Holt.
“Navigating our daily lives, both what we chose to follow and have discarded inspires and negates the directions we’ve taken and where we will head. My practice explores this navigation between ‘want and need’ in contemporary society and the place in which we reside between them. Our predisposition and intuition for decision-making are both informed and directed by our individual experiences. It’s these associations we attach to images that trigger unexpected reflection at times amidst our everyday routine.
The narrative of my work is constantly in transition – a reflection of the opportunities, decisions and temporal experiences that I have experienced – translated into form, composition, and colour. The weaving of these elements through an expanded view of painting and mixed media installations becomes reflective of the present balance in we find ourselves. They are created with the consequential same sense of decision making as waking up in the morning and the abstracted surprise of what will follow. Constructed of endless combinations to become a distinctly individual permutation of a desired feeling, divergent path or alternate future they are the culmination of a myriad of decisions and inclinations for which have guided us all to our individual present state of now and beyond.
These artworks form a language of associations of my gaze, remnants from previous bodies of works spanning my 6-year practice are reformed and composed through layering and coarse stitching that deliberately hark back to the physical process of forming these new-collaged pieces. Layered from the remnants of different time periods of my painting practice, abstracted digital collages of daily interactions combined with found materials, reflections and thick layers of gestural translucent ambiguity, the works are a culmination of lived decisions to date. Offering a space to reflect on our temporal usage of time; the in-between, the un-notable moments of transition and commute, intimately subjective and often too unworthy and ‘unhashtagable’ to ever be broadcast to the world.”
– Sam Holt, 2019
Sam Holt is a Berlin-based Australian artist. Originally from Sydney, Sam commenced his tertiary studies at The National Art School, before completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2016. During this time he participated in an exchange residency at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Fine Arts Academy, Hunan Normal University in China.
Since graduating from art school, Sam has held two solo exhibitions at Artereal Gallery, Present Future in 2015 and The Distance Between in 2017. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions and been exhibited at Sydney Contemporary (2015, 2017) and Art Central Hong Kong (2017).
In 2017 Sam Holt was awarded the Marten Bequest for Painting (awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts). Following this significant milestone, Sam relocated to Berlin in 2018 where he currently lives and works.
Sam has also been a finalist in the Korean Ausrtalian Art Foundation Prize (2017), the Paddington Art Prize (2017) and the Churchie Emerging Art Prize. Sam’s works are held in numerous Australian and international corporate and private collections including those of Artbank and Servcorp.