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Sam Lock 'The Memory of What Comes Next'

Fully illustrated catalogue for the solo exhibition 'The Memory of What Comes Next' by Sam Lock at Anima Mundi, St. Ives

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S A M L O C K<br />

the memory <strong>of</strong> what comes next


“Go where never before<br />

No sooner there than there always<br />

No matter where never before<br />

No sooner there than there always”<br />

<strong>Sam</strong>uel Beckett


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...the memory <strong>of</strong> what comes next<br />

The present is everything, as it is<br />

where all <strong>of</strong> our actions exist, but it<br />

has no fixed form – instead shaping<br />

itself exactly in the non-existent space<br />

between the future and the past. This<br />

fleeting and liminal space between<br />

yesterday and tomorrow is what I try<br />

and grasp with the action <strong>of</strong> paint.<br />

The shifting sands here can make<br />

this transient place feel unstable, but<br />

as Edoardo Chillada once said “<strong>of</strong><br />

all concepts, isn’t stability the most<br />

unnatural and contrary to life?”. I find<br />

that to focus on this constant moment<br />

provides a stimulation <strong>of</strong> my awareness<br />

and my creativity.<br />

All we have is an overlapping <strong>of</strong> what<br />

we hope or dream, all we have known<br />

and done, tied up in the constant flux <strong>of</strong><br />

the now passing through us.<br />

<strong>Memory</strong> is tw<strong>of</strong>old at least, acting both<br />

as an archive <strong>of</strong> experience but it is<br />

also constructive – editing, adapting<br />

and connecting our beliefs, intentions,<br />

experiences and obligations across time.<br />

Our lives are punctuated by a palimpsest<br />

<strong>of</strong> memory traces, preserved episodes<br />

and encounters that we look back upon<br />

time and again; but the significance and<br />

interpretations <strong>of</strong> these traces shifts<br />

with us as we change with time, making<br />

memory fluid and a living part <strong>of</strong> us,<br />

rather than merely living in our past; it<br />

provides us with an archaeology <strong>of</strong> now.<br />

There is a Silvia Plath line from her<br />

poem ‘The Colossus’ which reads “I will<br />

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never get you put together entirely”<br />

– which I <strong>of</strong>ten use to underpin my<br />

paintings. I try to find the point in<br />

painting where the works are unstable in<br />

some way, with windows and fault lines<br />

that undermine them – somewhere before<br />

they are complete. Something always<br />

remains secret, forgotten, hidden or lost.<br />

The works in this exhibition are<br />

connected together like areas on a map,<br />

the landscape changes but the search<br />

remains the same; a search for the<br />

poignancy <strong>of</strong> moments in the painted<br />

act. They are roads to nowhere, and yet<br />

anywhere too; the mind fills in the gaps.<br />

There is a poignancy in any moment,<br />

it is always someone’s first or last,<br />

significant in some way or insignificant<br />

after all; either way, moments pass<br />

through us or pass us by, a stream<br />

<strong>of</strong> something bigger than ourselves,<br />

stripping self-importance. Our memories<br />

attach us to these moments and we<br />

use them to identify ourselves, to<br />

recognise ourselves or to portray ourselves<br />

to others.<br />

I am drawn more to a state <strong>of</strong> not<br />

knowing, to have questions rather than<br />

answers, to be lost rather than certain<br />

and to travel without destination. My<br />

paintings are a monument and marker<br />

to the ever present, present moment,<br />

helping to give a physicality to all that<br />

is fleeting.<br />

<strong>Sam</strong> <strong>Lock</strong>, 2023<br />

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From Day To Day<br />

mixed media on canvas, 150 x 160 cm<br />

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Yellow Within<br />

mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm<br />

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Of Drifting Lines<br />

mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm<br />

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Causal Loop<br />

mixed media on canvas, 160 x 160 cm<br />

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Green Door<br />

mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm<br />

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Why Did We Start<br />

mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm<br />

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Crossed Wires<br />

mixed media on canvas, 30 x 25 cm<br />

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Above the Rain<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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Blue Over Blue<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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Downpour<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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That Whole Day<br />

mixed media on canvas, 150 x 120 cm<br />

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Overhead<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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Green Stripe<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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Peak Line<br />

mixed media on canvas, 240 x 150 cm<br />

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Now and Then<br />

mixed media on canvas, 160 x 160 cm<br />

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About Forever<br />

mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm<br />

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Broken Voice<br />

mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm<br />

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Something There<br />

mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm<br />

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As An Arrow<br />

mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm<br />

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Outside the Box<br />

mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm<br />

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Storm Cover<br />

mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm<br />

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Above Our Heads<br />

mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm<br />

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Forest<br />

mixed media on book cover, 41 x 31 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Fraction<br />

mixed media on found paper, 33.5 x 29 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Black Arrow<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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Untitled (Structured Light)<br />

mixed media on canvas, 150 x 120 cm<br />

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Visage<br />

mixed media on book cover, 50 x 38 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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North West<br />

mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm<br />

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Away Over There<br />

mixed media on canvas, 170 x 150 cm<br />

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A Free Fall<br />

mixed media on canvas, 170 x 150 cm<br />

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Yellow Stripe Above<br />

mixed media on book cover, 50 x 38 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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French School<br />

mixed media on found paper, 48 x 37 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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School <strong>of</strong> Brescia<br />

mixed media on found paper, 48 x 37 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Sun Spots<br />

mixed media on book cover, 50 x 38 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Yellow Falls<br />

mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 cm<br />

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Three Yellow Stripes<br />

mixed media on book cover, 33 x 26 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Eileen Ryde<br />

mixed media on book cover, 33 x 26 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Orange Above and Below<br />

mixed media on book cover, 33 x 26 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Orange Cross<br />

mixed media on book cover, 33 x 26 cm (framed dimensions)<br />

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Biography<br />

<strong>Sam</strong> <strong>Lock</strong>’s considered and expressive, <strong>of</strong>ten large scale, abstract paintings embrace<br />

the principle that change is a process, not an event. A meditation on the continual<br />

flow and movement both around us and within us inspires each gesture. They are<br />

not made with a system or fixed process but through an energy that embraces both<br />

flux and chance, in a manner that is both organic and unscripted, following its<br />

own path until there is a balance between both presence and absence. There are<br />

silences and hiding places that are both poetic and activating, and a physicality<br />

and immediacy, where his aim to ‘submit’ himself to the canvas, eliminates<br />

extraneous thought in order to guarantee a purity <strong>of</strong> response - a response arising<br />

through concentration and intuition where thought and action, go hand-in-hand.<br />

This is what <strong>Lock</strong> refers to as the ‘poetry <strong>of</strong> moments’, <strong>of</strong> the spiritual nature <strong>of</strong><br />

now becoming then, and how what started as waves <strong>of</strong> actions, becomes a forest<br />

<strong>of</strong> memory. <strong>Lock</strong> is interested in marks, resulting in paintings, that communicate<br />

both instantly and slowly - to slow down perception, and to create forms that<br />

don’t reveal themselves fully, all at once, through a filling up and emptying <strong>of</strong><br />

space and surface; traces and echoes exist in a palimpsest, a build-up <strong>of</strong> complex<br />

painted marks, layers and statements that conceal and reveal, where time becomes<br />

held in a concrete way and the painting achieves a physical weight and substance.<br />

These layers allow you to swim in and out <strong>of</strong> the painting, they lead back in time,<br />

retaining a mystery and dynamism <strong>of</strong> the moment rather than a recollection <strong>of</strong> a<br />

misty lost past.<br />

<strong>Sam</strong> <strong>Lock</strong> was born in London and now lives and works near Brighton , UK with<br />

his studio in a converted industrial unit further up the coast. <strong>Lock</strong> studied at<br />

Edinburgh College <strong>of</strong> Art and Edinburgh University, graduating in 1997 with MA’s<br />

in both Fine Art and Art History. During his training, he won a scholarship to<br />

travel to Rome, and explore the relationship between history, archaeology and the<br />

processes <strong>of</strong> painting, a preoccupation which still forms the conceptual basis that<br />

underpins his practice. <strong>Lock</strong> has exhibited internationally and works can be found<br />

in many private collections around the world.<br />

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Outcrop<br />

mixed media on panel, 25 x 20 cm<br />

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Published by Anima Mundi to coincide with <strong>Sam</strong> <strong>Lock</strong> ‘The <strong>Memory</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>What</strong> <strong>Comes</strong> Next’<br />

All rights reserved. No part <strong>of</strong> this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or<br />

by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission <strong>of</strong> the publishers<br />

Anima Mundi . Street-an-Pol . St. Ives . Cornwall . +44 (0)1736 793121 . mail@animamundigallery.com . www.animamundigallery.com


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