Sam Tufnell

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Artwork
Patinaed plastic casting of a garbage bag
Patinaed plastic castings of found objects
Clear resin castings of found objects
Welded steel sculpture of a bouquet of roses
Welded steel sculpture of roses
Sam
Tufnell
Artist's Statement

My workspace is more like a factory than an atelier. I order materials from the same steel supplier as a construction worker, use the same tools as a mechanic. I conceive each of my sculptures within a particular room or landscape. I think in terms of ‘life-size’ rather than a monumental scale and how materials relate to concepts. I began my work with trees and roses because I was concerned with getting away from abstraction and minimalism. I enjoy this factory-like process and the conflict of trying to convey nature through a regimented, more impersonal, assembly line system. Similarly, casting and mold making are also mechanical, replicative, processes. Most of the items I cast are bought at the super market and I have chosen objects that are easily identifiable. Pop art and still life painting have always fascinated me and I am interested in creating sculpture that draws on pictorial composition.

Bio/Resume

SAM TUFNELL

1978
Born in Los Angeles, California
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION

2002
BFA, The School of Visual Arts, New York

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2008
Steel and Roses, solo exhibition at 5 Myles Gallery, New York

2010
Governor’s Island Art Fair, group exhibition presented by 5 Myles Gallery, New York

2011
Short Stories, group exhibition at 5 Myles Gallery, New York

2011
Remnants, solo exhibition, Long Island University, New York

2012
ArtHamptons Fine Art Fair, group exhibition presented by NAC Gallery, New York

2012
NoBe Art Walk, group exhibition at NAC Gallery, Florida