b. 1985, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
At the centre of Sam Keogh’s practice is writing and object making. The works orbit a figure – most recently, Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch – describing its contours with a combination of handmade objects, written word and careful staging. Attempting to take Oscar out of the quarantine of representation, Keogh repurposes this figure as a chorus of counter-cultural refusals, archetypes, narratives and objects. These various threads are matted together to present a textural impression of his form, tangled in the senses of the viewer; an artistic strategy used to problematise an image of the world today.
Sam Keogh (b. 1985) recently completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College, London (2014) and BA in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2009). Recent solo exhibitions include Eurocopter EC135, Dortmunder Kunstverein (2016); Four Fold, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2015); Mop, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013); Terrestris, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); and Temporary Halo, Storefront, Vancouver BC (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Riddle of the Burial Ground, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2015), travelling to Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2016); Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins, Flat Time House, London (2016); Reverse!Pugin, curated by Sean Lynch, Lismore Castle Arts; Hall of Half Life, GrazMuseum, Graz, Austria (both 2015); Dukkha, Douglas Hyde Gallery (2014); In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); a two-person show with Lucy Andrews, The Model, Sligo (2013); WORKHEAD, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2012); EVA International, curated by Annie Fletcher, Limerick (2012); Brucennial 2012, New York.