Newcall Gallery

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sam Rountree Williams | 14 October


Sam Rountree Williams
Newcall Gallery
15 October – 1 November


Please join us at the opening on 14 October, 6-8pm
With new writing by Emma Phillipps and a public response to the show will be
lead by Wystan Curnow on Saturday 25 October, 2pm

Flier designed by Nell May





Sam Rountree Williams
Newcall Gallery
15 October – 1 November


In Sam Rountree Williams’ process-oriented painting practice, a stage is set for methods of improvisation and contingency to generate works that challenge our ability to apprehend figurative specifics. In place of explicit referents sit suggestions, and a sense of potential for painted forms. Sam uses the notion of performance to counter that of expression, and bundles these ideas into a discourse focussed on perception and experience, rather than exteriorisation. The artist refers to his practice as “a performance where he disappears”.

Issues relating to Sam’s practice will be expanded upon in a text by Emma Phillipps, and in a critical response led by Wystan Curnow.

Sam Rountree Williams is an Auckland-based artist, writer and curator. He is a co-founder and board member of Newcall Gallery, and until recently was the co-curator of graduate-run project space, Window, at the University of Auckland. Recent projects include ‘Red Thing Blue Thing’ at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington, with Selina Foote; ‘Paintings’ at Window, curated in conjunction with Patrick Lundberg and Richard Bryant; and ‘Matters’, Newcall Gallery’s first publication which Sam edited.

This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition.