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Sam Keogh

Sam Keogh works with installation, sculpture, performance, drawing and collage. Live performances unfold in intricate built environments: installations incorporating diverse materials, from collages and painted panels to plastic skeletons, ceramics to gunge-soaked computer desks, sculptures of severed hands and discarded apple cores, plants and bits of rubbish. These grotesque concoctions of image, object and detritus serve as props and visual cues for performances, but spill over with idiosyncratic detail and extraneous information – the physical remnants of a fictional world, they present an indeterminate space in which materials, memories and affects begin to smudge into each other. Keogh’s performances interweave research on diverse topics into meandering semi-fictional monologues that make surprising connections between political movements, biological processes, archaeology, housing, science fiction, or pop cultural phenomena. Like the sprawling and rebellious environments that house them, they present “a strange and abject cosmology of trash, contamination and revolt”.

 

Sam Keogh lives and works in London.

Selected Works

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Sam Keogh 
Butter Jam Fixed Watch Flower, 2021
acrylic, pencil, ink, gold leaf on acid free 70gsm marker paper
81 x 115.5 cm / 31.9 x 45.5 in   

 

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Sam Keogh 
Jam Mallet Fixed Watch Flower, 2021
acrylic, pencil, ink, gold leaf on acid free 70gsm marker paper
81 x 115.5 cm / 31.9 x 45.5 in   

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Cosmopolis 2

Sam Keogh 
Plague Doctor, 2019
mixed media sculpture, and performance with video, dimensions variable, approximately 37 minutes
Live performance at 'Cosmopolis #2, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Photo courtesy of Sam Keogh and Herve Veronese
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 

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Knotworn

Sam Keogh 
Knotworm, 2019
jesmonite, wire, cement, japanese knotweed, PVC tubing, trash, soil, watercolour on paper, ink on paper, acrylic on paper, toilet roll, cellophane, tape
Installation at La Biennale de Lyon, France 2019

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Oscar Reduction Chamber 2015

Sam Keogh 
Oscar Reduction Chamber #1, 2015
ceramics, galvanized steel bin, kiln shelf and wood
113 x 55 x 48 cm / 44.5 x 21.7 x 18.9 in 
15 x 48 .5 x 48.5 cm / 5.9 x 18.9 2 x 19.1 in

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Kapton Cadaverine 2018

Sam Keogh
Kapton Cadaverine, 2017
mixed media, dimensions variable
Installation at Kerlin Gallery

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Clothes rail 2016

Sam Keogh
Clothes Rail, 2016 
mixed media 
140cm x 175cm x 50 cm / 55 x 68.9 x 19.6 in

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Knot Curtain 2016

Sam Keogh
Knot Curtain, 2016 
mixed media 
387cm x 300cm / 152.3 x 118 in

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Eurocopter EC135

Sam Keogh
Eurocopter EC135, 2016
Installation at Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund
4 June — 14 August 2016

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Four Fold

Sam Keogh
Four Fold, 2015
Installation at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

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MOP

Sam Keogh 
untitled (mop), 2013
found objects, plaster, jesmonite, acrylic varnish, ink, papier-mâché
33 x 60 x 40 cm / 13 x 23.6 x 15.7 in 

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2012 Terrestris

Sam Keogh 
Terrestris, 2012
dimensions variable
Installation at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

 

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2011 Monument for Subjects to Come

Sam Keogh 
Monument for Subjects to Come, 2011
wood, expanding polyurethane foam, polystyrene, acrylic medium powdered mica, glitter, earth, laminated wrapping paper, selotape, rope, sponge & duct tape
322 x 153 x 480 cm / 126.8 x 60.2 x 189 in 

 

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2011 Crosier

Sam Keogh 
Crosier, 2011
mixed media on board, aluminium tape, threaded bar, ribbon, bell
105 x 22 cm / 41.3 x 8.7 in   

 

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2011 Padre

Sam Keogh 
Padre, 2011
mixed media on panel
24.5 x 18 cm / 9.6 x 7.1 in   

 

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Sam Keogh 
Butter Jam Fixed Watch Flower, 2021
acrylic, pencil, ink, gold leaf on acid free 70gsm marker paper
81 x 115.5 cm / 31.9 x 45.5 in   

 

Sam Keogh 
Jam Mallet Fixed Watch Flower, 2021
acrylic, pencil, ink, gold leaf on acid free 70gsm marker paper
81 x 115.5 cm / 31.9 x 45.5 in   

Cosmopolis 2

Sam Keogh 
Plague Doctor, 2019
mixed media sculpture, and performance with video, dimensions variable, approximately 37 minutes
Live performance at 'Cosmopolis #2, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Photo courtesy of Sam Keogh and Herve Veronese
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 

Knotworn

Sam Keogh 
Knotworm, 2019
jesmonite, wire, cement, japanese knotweed, PVC tubing, trash, soil, watercolour on paper, ink on paper, acrylic on paper, toilet roll, cellophane, tape
Installation at La Biennale de Lyon, France 2019

Oscar Reduction Chamber 2015

Sam Keogh 
Oscar Reduction Chamber #1, 2015
ceramics, galvanized steel bin, kiln shelf and wood
113 x 55 x 48 cm / 44.5 x 21.7 x 18.9 in 
15 x 48 .5 x 48.5 cm / 5.9 x 18.9 2 x 19.1 in

Kapton Cadaverine 2018

Sam Keogh
Kapton Cadaverine, 2017
mixed media, dimensions variable
Installation at Kerlin Gallery

Clothes rail 2016

Sam Keogh
Clothes Rail, 2016 
mixed media 
140cm x 175cm x 50 cm / 55 x 68.9 x 19.6 in

Knot Curtain 2016

Sam Keogh
Knot Curtain, 2016 
mixed media 
387cm x 300cm / 152.3 x 118 in

Eurocopter EC135

Sam Keogh
Eurocopter EC135, 2016
Installation at Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund
4 June — 14 August 2016

Four Fold

Sam Keogh
Four Fold, 2015
Installation at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

MOP

Sam Keogh 
untitled (mop), 2013
found objects, plaster, jesmonite, acrylic varnish, ink, papier-mâché
33 x 60 x 40 cm / 13 x 23.6 x 15.7 in 

2012 Terrestris

Sam Keogh 
Terrestris, 2012
dimensions variable
Installation at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

 

2011 Monument for Subjects to Come

Sam Keogh 
Monument for Subjects to Come, 2011
wood, expanding polyurethane foam, polystyrene, acrylic medium powdered mica, glitter, earth, laminated wrapping paper, selotape, rope, sponge & duct tape
322 x 153 x 480 cm / 126.8 x 60.2 x 189 in 

 

2011 Crosier

Sam Keogh 
Crosier, 2011
mixed media on board, aluminium tape, threaded bar, ribbon, bell
105 x 22 cm / 41.3 x 8.7 in   

 

2011 Padre

Sam Keogh 
Padre, 2011
mixed media on panel
24.5 x 18 cm / 9.6 x 7.1 in   

 

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Glasgow Internation, Glasgow Museum of Art, 2018

Sam Keogh’s work has been exhibited at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; Tate Modern, London; GrazMuseum, Graz; Dortmunder Kunstverein; the Public School, New York; Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan State University; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; Lismore Castle Arts; Douglas Hyde Gallery, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Project Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. His most recent solo exhibitions include Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2020); Illuminations Gallery, Maynooth; 1646, The Hague and Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, Shanghai (all 2018), and he has forthcoming solo exhibitions at CCA Goldsmiths, London (2021) and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2022). Keogh has participated in biennial exhibitions including the Lyon Biennale, steirischer herbst, EVA International and Glasgow International.

Exhibitions

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Sam Keogh
Cosmopolis #2, 2019
Pompidou Centre, Paris, France 

Sam Keogh
Where Water Comes Together With Other Water, 2019
15th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France 

Sam Keogh
Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror, 2018, as part of the Director’s Programme, Glasgow International 
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow, Scotland

Sam Keogh
Four Fold, 2015
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

 

Sam Keogh
Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, 2018
Mao Jihong Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou Chengdu, China

Sam Keogh
Terrestris, part of Conjuring for Beginners, 2012
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Sam Keogh
Cosmopolis #2, 2019
Pompidou Centre, Paris, France 

Sam Keogh
Where Water Comes Together With Other Water, 2019
15th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France 

Sam Keogh
Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror, 2018, as part of the Director’s Programme, Glasgow International 
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow, Scotland

Sam Keogh
Four Fold, 2015
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

 

Sam Keogh
Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, 2018
Mao Jihong Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou Chengdu, China

Sam Keogh
Terrestris, part of Conjuring for Beginners, 2012
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland