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Sam Lock’s new body of work gives an idea of said gestures on paper, canvas, and even aluminum. Thereby, the process of creating itself is assigned primary importance as he approaches his works always intuitively and directly in order to capture the moment. One could compare it with the mere idea of a drawing.




Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve 

For example, by using pencil and pastel markings as well as traces of paint, his pictures suggest to be the result of literally exploring the space of the medium. Irregular lines, dots, curls, elliptical forms, staccato-like pencil strokes, and well-defined color fields are essential and omnipresent elements on paper as well as on canvas. Another characteristic of Sam Locks method is to exceed the physical boundaries of a picture by letting elements appear to leave the medium or to emerge into it, thereby creating the impression that they might extend beyond the image.

Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve 

Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve 

His works show a balance between white spaces with slight traces of pencil or paint on one hand, and condensed areas of rectangular and strongly colored forms on the other hand. Sometimes, the white spaces hide behind a one-color field, which almost fills the entire picture; and sometimes, just a fine line of color appears on the edge of an otherwise bright painting consisting of different shades of white. Besides the above described paintings, Sam Lock started to work with aluminum plates in order to examine, in a different and three-dimensional way, the intuitive moment of the act of drawing. Similarly to his pictures, he tries to explore the material used, for instance, by experimentally folding the plates as often as possible and then by unfolding them again, thereby leaving some of the plates more unfolded than others. Presented mostly in an upright position, the resulting sculptures of aluminum plates show drapes, just as on paper, stretching out on the material. Consequently the sculptures themselves become image carriers, in tree dimensions, of randomly occurring marks and traces, which always appear differently from different angles of the room.

Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve 

In summary, Sam Lock’s new works show a dispute with the working process itself: it is about capturing the moment marked by a gesture. Thereby, the direct and intuitive process of drawing becomes crucial for him. He explores the two-dimensional as well as the three-dimensional space and uses a great variety of techniques and material. Due to a huge variation in gestures, which not only appear on the pictures but also on and through the sculptures, Sam Lock´s works possess a highly dynamic and expressive character.

Sam Lock, The sea is blinding, 2018 

Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve 

Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve 

Sam Lock, unremembered, exhibition view twelve twelve