b. 1985, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
Sam Keogh works across collage, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation. In recent bodies of work, Keogh has built intricate environments in which live performances unfold. Like film sets or stage sets, these installations remain in place for the duration of the exhibition – they may incorporate collage, small sculptures, found objects and/or audio-video documentation of the initial performance. These objects serve as props and mnemonic devices for the performance but are also in excess of these functions, spilling over with idiosyncratic detail and extraneous information. Here, the objects shift between artwork made by Keogh, props used by the performer and ambiguous technologies made by the characters in the universes he constructs. In this indeterminate space, materials, memories and affects begin to smudge into each other until a sticky cognitive map begins to emerge.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Knotworm, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, (2020); Videos, Illuminations Gallery, University of Maynooth, Ireland, (2018); Orbital Debris, 1646, Den Haag, Netherlands, (2018); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2018); Eurocopter EC135, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Germany, (2016); Four Fold, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2015); Mop, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013); Terrestris, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012) and Temporary Halo, Storefront, Vancouver (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Cosmopolis #2, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France; Where Water Comes Together With Other Water, 15th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France; Periodical Review #8, Pallas Project, Dublin, Ireland (All 2019); 2116, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, travelling to the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan (2016); Hall of Half Life, GrazMuseum, Graz, Austria, (2015); Dukkha, Douglas Hyde Gallery (2014) and In the Line of Beauty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013). Recent biennial exhibitions include: Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France, (2020); Eva International, Limerick and Glasgow International (both 2018).