Jessica Silverman is pleased to announce Sam Falls’ first solo exhibition with the gallery and in San Francisco, running from March 4 to April 15, 2023. Presenting a new body of work including paintings and wall-mounted ceramics, the exhibition will be the first that directly references the manifold ecologies of Falls’ current home in the Hudson Valley. Falls will also debut a new series of freestanding split-rail fences made entirely of cast glass. This exhibition coincides with the artist’s first major solo museum show, Sam Falls: We Are Dust and Shadow, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland through June 11, 2023.
In his gallery exhibition, Falls investigates the human impulse to shape or impose boundaries on nature, as expressed through new glass fence sculptures Between Us Only Light and Feather by Feather (both 2023) influenced by his childhood in Vermont and the split-rail fences common throughout the Northeast. Molded from a fence on the artist’s farm in upstate New York and cast from glass in a variety of hues, these works glow when light hits them. Falls carves the original wooden fences by hand with poetic verses about nature and mortality from poets like Emily Dickinson, Richard Brautigan, Frank Stanford, David Berman, and Jamie Kanzler. The artist includes his own initials, recalling those historically found on trees or outdoor picnic tables.