Sam Falls, ‘Untitled (Painted Photograms, Lattice 56)’, 2013, TWO x TWO

Falls skillfully combines photographs with painted passages, as seen here in Untitled (Painted Photograms, Lattice 56) where an abstract, brightly colored photogram pattern of varying shades of blue (made by exposing the photo paper directly to light) appears under airbrushed sections of orange and yellow acrylic that skew and disrupt the lattice-work composition.

LA-based artist Sam Falls’ artistic output varies wildly from project to project, and from impulse to impulse. Perhaps the most consistent aspect of his work is the role of light and space in his photographs, a testament to his MFA in photography from the Bard/ICP program in New York. In recent years, Falls skillfully combines photographs with painted passages, as seen here in Untitled (Painted Photograms, Lattice 56) where an abstract, brightly-colored photogram pattern of varying shades of blue (made by exposing the photo paper directly to light) appears under airbrushed sections of orange and yellow acrylic that skew and disrupt the lattice-work composition. Falls’ work has been shown internationally, and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the International Center for Photography, New York, among others.

About Sam Falls

Known for combining photography, painting, and sculpture, Sam Falls explores the intersection of color, digital imagery, and natural processes. His painted photographic prints raise questions about perception and how we relate to various media. Mellon, Bartlett Pears (2011), for instance, asks whether an enlarged, two-dimensional photograph of a pear (fruit is one of Falls’ favored subjects), or an imprint made from the fruit itself, “is a more honest representation of a pear?” To produce the image, Falls photographed an arrangement of fruit with a large-format camera, Photoshopped the image, and then stamped the print with paint-covered pears (imprinting the pear’s cross-section as well as its side). “My images are not only investigating the medium’s potential as an art form, but also continue exploring photography’s capacity for representation and challenging its veracity,” Falls explains.

American, b. 1984, San Diego, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Highlights

2017
VENUS, 
Los Angeles,
Concrete Island