29 Jun - 29 Jul 2018
We have seen the work of Sam on earlier occasions, including his performance during the event ‘Ectoplasm’ curated by Padraic Moore in 1646 in 2016. The last time we saw a performance of his, at the Rijksakademie Open presentation, it managed to contain an experience that felt as if a pattern was developing.
We would describe it as an experience of alienation; alienation from a world that contains lots of facts and data, lots of words and more words and objects, heaps of estranged objects. It felt as if you are being in outer space, alone with your own internal dialogue surrounded by lots of leftovers from your personal past, from the history of civilisation and from the products of a culture you are part of and that you are somehow failing to put together.
In the work of Sam, this ‘failure’ of connecting these elements suddenly reveals a parallel fascinating experience. The verbiage becomes materiality: sculptural and the real materials in combination with the way Sam interacts with them transmits a sensorial experience that gets close to the youtube sensation of ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response).
Sam Keogh a current artist in residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, working toward a new commission for EVA International in Limerick to open this April. He works across installation, sculpture, performance, drawing and collage. In recent work his installations facilitate a performance which morphs sculpture into props and collage into mnemonic devices or surfaces to be read as a half improvised pictorial script.