Sam Leach

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VISIT

06/06/2018

SAM LEACH
Dark (Other) Times
Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania
Curated by Maria Kunda and Paul Zika
8 - 24 June 2018

Sam Leach is included in Dark (Other) Times, a group exhibition as part of Dark Mofo. The exhibition is organised around the polarised moods that characterise living in our "interesting times": on one hand expansive and ecstatic, psychedelic and transcendental; on the other hand, seemingly stalled - time endured, languidly, with a sense of torpor, ennui or petrification.

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DON'T MISS

06/06/2018

SAM LEACH & SAM JINKS
MY MONSTER: THE HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRID

RMIT Gallery, City Campus
29 June - 18 August 2018

Sam Jinks and Sam Leach are included in My Monster, a group exhibition at RMIT Gallery celebrating the 200th anniversary year of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and the enduring fascination with the human animal hybrid.

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ATTEND

18/05/2018

SAM LEACH
Birds and Bees
Museum of Discovery, Adelaide
May - October 2018

Birds and Bees, at the recently opened MOD, is a collaborative project between Sam Leach and Professor Mandyam (Srini) Srinivasam (University of Queensland. The project brings art and science together to shine a light on the differences between human and animal perception, spatial navigation and illusion.

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ATTEND

09/03/2018

SAM LEACH
Mercury

10 - 31 March 2018
Opening Saturday, 10 March 2018, 3 - 5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Sam Leach will present an artist talk in conversation with Dr Andrew Frost alongside his exhibition.

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UP NEXT

02/03/2018

SAM LEACH
Mercury
10 - 31 March 2018
Opening & Artist Talk on Saturday, 10 March 2018, 3 -5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Sullivan+Strumpf is pleased to present Mercury, a major new body of paintings by Sam Leach. Leach's works are informed by art history, science and philosophy. He combines the poles of the metaphorical and the empirical, the analogous and the objective, in an ongoing investigation of the relationship between humans and animals. With a distanced, scientific approach, the artist draws connections between data visualisation techniques, semiotics, and formalist abstraction that results in a kind of reductive aesthetics.

"The Russian Cosmists believed in immortality and resurrection for all humanity. The ideas of Russian Cosmism, most famously formulated by Nikolai Fedorov in the late 19th Century included plans for technological development, including space travel, to achieve this goal of immortality. In the early 20th Century Fedorov's student, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, developed the mathematical equations and preliminary designs that were developed and applied to achieve the first human trips to space.

As the editorial of E-flux issue 88 pointed out, the humanist concern of Cosmism marks it as one of the threads of the englightenment. A thread which was cut short by stalin's purges. Since we now see a new era of space exploration in which private interests are funding and building the technology, it is timely to consider the origins of the project of space exploration. The aesthetics of the technology are determined largely, but not entirely, by function. It is this aspect of aesthetic choice in the design that interests me. I speculate that there is a connection between the legacy of the enlightenment found in the philosophy of the Russian Cosmists and the distinctive styles of spacesuits, helmets and associated technology. I want to draw a line connecting the constructed landscapes of the 17th and 18th Century, the utopian ideals of 20th Century formalist abstraction and the future implied by space exploration."

- Sam Leach on Mercury, 2018

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DON'T MISS

24/02/2018

SAM LEACH / 6600+
Curated by Vanessa Gerrans
Warrnambool Art Gallery, VIC
Until 11 June 2018

6600+ is an abstract representation by Sam Leach of Budj Bim as not only Australia’s earliest and largest aquaculture system but also as a cultural and sacred space that symbolises and celebrates the ingenuity and the ongoing Gunditjmara connection to land. The Gunditjmara have been tireless in their advocacy and ongoing commitment for recognition of the international significance of this remarkable site and we encourage everyone to learn from the rich traditions and history of Budj Bim as a significant story in the narrative of South Western Victoria.

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COMING UP

23/02/2018

SAM LEACH
Mercury
10 - 31 March 2018
Opening Saturday, 10 March 2018, 3 - 5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

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FINAL DAY

23/02/2018

2018 GROUP SHOW

Until Saturday, 24 February 2018

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ATTEND

10/02/2018

SAM LEACH / 6600+
Warrnambool Art Gallery
Opening on Friday, 23 February 2018, 6 - 8pm

An exhibition exploring the Budj Bim landscape in southwestern Victoria. Sacred to the Gunditjmara people, the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape includes a system of channels and weirs constructed from the local volcanic rock to manage water flows from nearby Lake Condah to exploit eels as a food source. The exhibition will feature a painting newly commissioned for the Warrnambool Art Gallery Collection, supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Isobel and David Jones Family Foundation.

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ATTEND

09/02/2018

2018 GROUP SHOW
10 - 24 February 2018
Opening tomorrow, 3 - 5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Join us for the annual S+S Group Show in Sydney, offering a glimpse of our forthcoming 2018 exhibition programme and advance previews of exciting new works by S+S artists.

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CONGRATULATIONS

29/09/2017

TONY ALBERT + SAM LEACH
Coffs Harbour National Still Life Award
Coffs Harbour Gallery, NSW
Finalists
24 Nov 2017 - 20 Jan 2018

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COMING UP

17/08/2017

SULLIVAN+STRUMPF MELBOURNE POP-UP
44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
24 - 26 August | Opening Hours 12-5pm
Opens 24 August, 6pm

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ATTEND

07/06/2017

SAM LEACH
In Conversation Dinner
The Botanical, South Yarra
15 June, 7-10pm

Join Sam Leach for a two course dinner at The Botanical, South Yarra and hear first hand about his latest work, ideas and themes explored in the exhibition Avian Interplanetary (Linden New Art, Melbourne)

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ON VIEW NOW

01/06/2017

SAM LEACH
Avian Interplanetary
Linden New Art, Melbourne
Until 6 August

Sam Leach's solo exhibition Avian Interplanetary is a proposal for a future habitat that takes into account the world view of non-humans as well as humans. The works explore possible connections between recent research about the evolved human preferences for certain landscape schemes and experiments into how creatures use visual signals and strategies to negotiate their environment.

The work consists of a large rendering of a cratered landscape taken from detailed images of asteroid surfaces, setting the basis for a future habitation. This environment will be combined with paintings of landscapes based on robotic visual systems, and sculptures referencing the visual and aesthetic approaches and preferences of birds, insects and rocks. This project draws out the links between landscape, animals and technology. Using paintings, sculpture and installation, the implications of the research on understanding how non-humans view the world yields both practical and aesthetic benefits.

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ON VIEW NOW

09/02/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
S+S Sydney
Until 18 Feb 2017

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COMING UP

24/01/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
4 - 21 Feb
Opens 4 Feb | 3-5 pm
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney

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Richard Lewer The Custom of the Sea AUT University St Paul Street Gallery 2015 2

CONGRATULATIONS

19/02/2016

2016 FLEURIEU ART PRIZE FINALISTS 
TONY ALBERT, SAM LEACH, RICHARD LEWER, ALEX SETON, TIM SILVER, AIDA TOMESCU
ANNE & GORDON SAMSTAG MUSEUM OF ART
University of South Australia, Adelaide
Friday 3 June - Friday 29 July 

In 2016 the Fleurieu Art Prize – the richest landscape art prize in the world – will relocate from its home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia to the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide, where it will be presented to city audiences for the first time.

Landscape as a subject for art continues to capture the imagination not only of the wider community, but also increasingly of leading artists wanting to express a connection with place, and who recognise that landscape holds a compelling power for our contemporary culture.


Sam Leach Bat Exposing his Genitals 2015 001

COMING UP

26/08/2015

SAM LEACH
The Desire of Things to Move Against Gravity
29 August - 26 September

OPENING SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
3-5pm, Sullivan+Strumpf

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Sam Leach Artand Australia copy

SHOP

15/08/2015

PRE-ORDER: 

SAM LEACH: EDITED BY ARTAND AUSTRALIA

Sam Leach is a conundrum. The man wears his intellectual preoccupations on his sleeve, declaring himself, right at the outset, as an artist of ideas. – Tim Winton

Sam Leach, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists will release his first monograph, Sam Leach, this month at Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. With over 20 solo shows to his name, Leach has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums throughout Europe and across the Asia Pacific region. He is known for his virtuosic oil paintings. Executed with exemplary brushwork and encased in resin, Leach demarcates an ongoing investigation of the intersection between humans and animals. 

Produced by Art and Australia, the comprehensive survey is interspersed with an essay by celebrated, award-winning Australian author Tim Winton and an interview with writer and art critic Andrew Frost. The book abundantly illustrates over fifty of the artist’s major works to date, including the 2010 Archibald winning portrait of Tim Minchin and Proposal for a landscaped cosmos which took out the Wynne Prize the same year. 

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Sam Leach Trophic Cascade 2015 oil and resin on wood 9 panels each 50 x 50 cm overall size approximately 150 x 150cm

SAM LEACH: PALAZZO BEMBO VENICE

02/05/2015

Personal Structures: Crossing Borders
A collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale
9 May - 22 November 2015

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