In addition to pictures and sculptures, Samuel François’ work also comprises objects and installations that address the themes of time and space in the broadest sense. He uses predominantly serially, i.e. industrially produced products, which can often be found in DIY shops, such as packaging items and containers, panels of sheetrock, steel tubing, and utility textiles such as raincoats. The artist takes these apart and rearranges them as ‘collages’. The characteristics of the respective materials, their surfaces, and methods of production, which are now visible, including the seams that result from cutting and sewing them back together again, become the picture itself.
Geometric distortions, mistakes, and inaccuracies are the themes of his compositions, which are not consciously controlled, but rather result on their own accord and are accepted as such. Nevertheless, the artist varies carefully selected geometric compositions only slightly, using the same material and colour from work to work and thus always remains within a minimalist, highly abstracted aesthetics, which leads to a greatly condensed formal language. In this way, he creates singular works, in both two and three dimensions, which have strong references to each other and are characterised by their serial nature.
In his current exhibition ‘A room with views’, François investigates the possibilities of the definition of space in and of itself. He creates objects and pictures and installs these in relation to each other within the gallery, referencing in an abstract way to the forms of windows, doors, and the interior (i.e. chairs, tables etc.). With his pictures, which reveal abstract analogies to windows, he makes reference to the long-established metaphor of painting as a window.
François provokes questions such as where does a space begin and end; what are the relationships between views, insights, and perspectives; what is the relationship between surface and volume; and plays with the physical perspective and mental perception of the viewer within the space.
Courtesy of Berthold Pott Gallery and Samuel François.
Samuel François - A room with views
Berthold Pott Gallery, September 4 - October 3