Sam Clague, Ocean, 2023

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Sam Clague
Ocean, 2023
metal fixings, door hook, printed tube, triangle, and screws
270 x 660mm

This work was made by Sam Clague as part of a sprawling installation called Hot Sick, a collaborative exhibition by Clague and Gareth Brighton at Stanmore Road Block, described by the artists as “an apocalyptic bricolage”. This work, among others, was made from discarded materials, with the intention of tapping into and transforming the flows of waste that crowd our present. The title, Ocean, may take us to an imagined place of expanse, depth, fluidity. In the work itself, a horizontal roll fixed in place on a wall, accompanied by a metal hook and triangle, the reality feels more prosaic. Perhaps it’s about keeping one’s eyes on the horizon though, responding to the prompt or possibilities within everyday things.


Sam Clague is an Ōtautahi Christchurch based artist. His practice spans the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video, and sound. These works combine varied and seemingly unconnected cultural and artistic references into a scatterbrained,compulsively poetic matrix of signs and symbols. Recent solo exhibitions include Singalongs Volume 1, Pyramid Club, Te Whangaui-a-Tara, 2022; Der Wanderer, Hot Lunch, Ōtautahi, 2021; and Drink The Ocean, RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau.

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