For his first exhibition in Paris, Samuel will create an immersive environment that stems from a reading of the late-carbon liberal and their parasitic liaison with the Southern Californian landscape. Through image, video, sculpture, and sound, “Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll” exacerbates our encounters with natural oddities in an attempt to dissolve calcified relationships. Meditations on queerness and spectres of death and catastrophe post-HIV is foregrounded as analogous to impending environmental doom. This is a recurrent theme in Samuel’s work.

DSCF3106Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Resin, soil, acrylic paint, blue-green algae, 80 x 10.5cm

DSCF3121Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015 Sand gel, dimensions variable

IMG_2208-2Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Window cling, 35 x 52cm

IMG_2203Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Ceramic, sand, dimensions variable

IMG_2205Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Resin, blue-green algae, zipper, dimensions variable

IMG_2222-2Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Installation shot

IMG_2223-2Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Installation shot

IMG_2231Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, 8:55 Looped video

IMG_2233Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Photograph, 34 x 52cm

IMG_2235-2Dikes and Sills, Chlorophyll, 2015, Installation shot

“Living soil crusts are found throughout the world. In the desert of Joshua Tree National Park, these cryptobiotic crusts (or “desert glue”) are dominated by cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae (which, by the way, is Vitamin B rich). This living topsoil keeps everything in place in the face of desert winds. Towering above the surface are the romantic and oft-depicted hills of granite. Running across them laterally are curious scars you would be happy to interpret as engineered by human design. And how could they have been made by anything but the hand of an ape and its machines? These dikes and sills, however, are common characteristics of volcanic stone, resultant of magma laying its claim to igneous self-expression. These oddities and expressions lay themselves out like clues to a code to which we hope there’s a crack.” — Samuel Kenswil, Los Angeles 2015

Samuel lives and works in Los Angeles. He is a recent graduate of Goldsmiths College, London. He has exhibited at Life Gallery, London and Jupiter Woods, London, among other venues.

 by Samuel Kenswil
curated by Thomas Butler
@ ROOM E-10 27 (Paris)
23rd to the 31st October
Photo: Quentin Dubret