South of Naomi Handmade Collage Jack Samels


I think of my abstract collage work as painting with found ink, having discovered freedom in the limitations of paper and glue. The razor mark sometimes evident, these gestural pieces aim to elicit the vague shape of memory, real or not.

Photographic intent is manipulated as I aim to subvert the singular picture plane, building physicality to flat layers of ink. Rooted in color and composition, these evocative forms are strong but airy, bold yet flexible.  This tension helps to distill the textural complexity into moments of visual poetry.

→ @jack_samels

Born in Morgantown, WV.
Living in Minneapolis, MN.

Selected Press
→ Interview and Feature. WeTransfer. August 2018. 
Art Feature. Format Spotlight. February 2018
Art Feature. Harpers Magazine. Page 17. 2017. Print.
Featured on NOICE
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Featured in The Steidz Magazine Online
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 Got it For Cheap, SureSpace MPLS, US + Europe, 2019
Low Contrast, Oxford House, Amsterdam, 2017
Scope Presents: Sam Hertz and Jack Samels, Spektrum, Berlin, 2017
Vessels, Wolvenstraat Bar, Amsterdam, 2017
Juried Show, Rabbithole Gallery, New York, NY, 2016
familiar.Caves, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI, USA, 2011

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