Sam Stewart

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Sam Stewart (b. 1988, North Carolina) is a New York based artist whose work resembles and functions as household furniture and domestic objects. As sculptures, they often take on animistic qualities that border on the absurd and whimsical, but also the slightly perverse.

His forms, colors, and shifts in scale collapse observations of his present—from everyday New York spaces (drainage pipelines, subway seating), iconic 20th  century design, and 3D modeling software—with those that evoke his memory of childhood perception. Although his source material tends to be specific (retro sets and costumes from children’s movies of the 80s and 90s, like Beetlejuice or Big, the mass produced palette of Fisher Price, the extruding and distorting tools of Google Sketch Up) and projects carefully researched (from the history of the execution chair and UFO spotting’s to virtual reality and 3D scanning technology), the objects themselves are aimed at a more visceral, bodily and emotive response akin to creating and reading a painted image.

He is interested in design that elicits a heightened simplicity and exaggerated satisfaction of looking, as much he wants to draw out awkward, more anecdotal encounters with the designed object.

Stewart’s studio practice involves meticulous attention to craftsmanship and working with fabricators and modes of production typically adopted by professionals in the field.

He has exhibited with a number of artist run spaces in New York and will be included in a group show this spring 2017 in Los Angeles. His work, Untitled (forecast set), 2017 was shown at NADA, New York with Fort Gansevoort.

 


EDUCATION

2007-11              B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017                   Yes I’ve had a facelift, but who hasn’t?, 501 (c) 3 Foundation, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                  Fort Gansevoort, NADA NYC, New York, NY                                                                                                                 2016                   öhlin/d, Pier 59, New York, NY                                                                                                                                       2015                   Side by Side, Shaker Museum, Mt. Lebanon, New York, NY                                                                                       2014                   Domain of a Partial Function, Helper, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                Speculum, Helper, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                                              You wanna be Loved, FerroStrouse, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                  Porcher, Helper, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                                                  Zusi Graham, Cologne, GE

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017                  Ecotone, Curated by Eushavia Bogan and Clemence White, New York, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017                   Stegemoeller, Kristin. "BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: SAM STEWART MAKES FURNITURE INTO ART", PAPER                                              Magazine, September 27.                                                                                                                                                                          Singer, Jill. “30 Artists and Galleries We Loved During New York Art Week 2017”, Sight Unseen, March 7.           2016                   Moran, Justin. “Little Bo Peep at öhlin/d and Morrissey Inspo at Babyghost”, Bullett, February 15.                       2015                   Wagoner, Mackenzie. “What to Buy at Chinatown’s Best New Organic Grocery and Natural Beauty                                              Apothecary”, Vogue, December 1.                                                                                                                                                           Raoli, Martha. “No Neutral Spaces: Material Art Fair 2015”, The Miami Rail, March 5.                                             2014                   Katie. “Trouble Light”, Better Living Through Design, June 26.                                                                                   2013                   Swider, Olivia. “Top NYC Exhibitions Opening This Week (May 20 – 24)”, Whitewall, May 22.