Samuel Porritt

Stealing Night to Pay the Day

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Year 2024
Medium Japanese ink on handmade paper
Dimensions 30.6 x 21.7 cm

About the work

This work belongs to a series of drawings that use arrows as protagonists. I chose the arrow for its ubiquity and for the economy with which it signals intention – we are constantly directed by them to look or to move. I am trying to find new meaning in the familiar by turning it on itself or setting a number of them against each other.
Here, the ink is applied with a brush to coarse handmade paper, its materiality both obstacle and foil to the subject of the drawing and its making. Its title, Stealing Night to Pay the Day emphasises its various dualities, principle amongst them; darkness and light.

Career Highlights

Recent solo exhibitions include:

Know Your Wake, Saint Martin Bookshop, Brussels, BE (2022);

A Certain Change, Vitrine, Basel, CH (2018);

Vevey Positive, Indiana, Vevey, CH (2018);

The Golden Rule, Circuit, Lausanne, CH (2017).

Recent group exhibitions include:

Annely Juda, London, UK (2023);

Villa Bernasconi, Geneva, CH (2022);

Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, CH (2021);

Museum Im Bellpark, Kriens, CH (2020);

Kunsthalle, Zurich, CH (2020);

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, FR (2020).

Collections include: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, CH; MONA, Tasmania, AU; South London gallery, London, UK; Swiss National Library, Bern, CH; UBS and Credit Suisse collections, Zurich, CH and private collections worldwide.

← Yelena Popova

G (for grief)

Kathy Prendergast →

Maranta Leuconeura

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