A Production Partnership with the Douglas Hyde Gallery
Sam Keogh's works across collage, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation.
In ‘Mop’ (Kerlin Gallery, 2013) a large, graphic vinyl spread across the entire floor of the gallery casts the environment for an array of multi composited images, sculptures and found objects. These objects point toward various attributes of Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch: ugly, fury, charming, funny, angry, dirty, discarded. But no one quality provides an essentialized image of him. Instead, Oscar is sculpted through a constellation of conflicting associations, histories, biographies and materials.
'Mop' is one of a number of works which takes the figure of Oscar the Grouch and explodes him as an icon. Through a vast range of material metonyms of his various traits, each one adding more detail while simultaneously pulling his image away from its recognizability, Oscar is made grotesque.
This is the main operation of Keogh's recent work – the production of an intimate encounter with a grotesque extrapolation of an original image. Through sculpture, installation and performance an image is dissected and stuffed with as many allusions, connections and reference points as it can bear, thus making its form monstrously multifarious, and made sensible as an elaborate network of unsynthesised aspects. In this way, the work attempts to pull an image out of representation and repurpose it as a cacophony which exceeds itself – an image as a limit which licences its own rupture.
Keogh works in London where he gained an MFA at Goldsmiths College, prior to this he graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design. Keogh has a forthcoming solo show in the Douglas Hyde Gallery May 2015. Previous solo shows include Mop, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, September 2013 and Terrestris, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, July 2012.