A very big thank you to everyone who attended Sam Wolfe Connelly’s debut solo show, ‘Semiprecious’ at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Connelly’s new body of work is both an introspective and insightful look at one the most talented young artists on the scene and we couldn’t be happier with the reception we’ve received to Sam’s work. View the remaining works from the show here, as well as some photos from the reception, courtesy of our friends at Arrested Motion, here.
Spoke Art is pleased to present Semiprecious, a solo show by Sam Wolfe Connelly. This series of illustrations will be Sam’s first solo show following his recent graduation from the prestigious SCAD and recent relocation to New York City.
Semiprecious is based around the amorphous narrative of being left by someone. This visual chronicle evokes the feeling of being flawed and knowing that there is always going to be something more precious than you. Sam’s drawings are inspired by grave robbing and underground mining; two subjects that darkly probe the depths of both the physical and spiritual worlds. The artist communicates what it is like to try and steal back what you’ve lost, but ultimately being stuck in a black mineshaft with nothing but soot and diamonds around you.
Lighting is addressed with steadfast urgency in this collection of works. Connelly lets light guide the viewer to places previously shrouded in darkness: only exposed by careful introspection. This diverse set of pieces varies from the wholly subterranean, to the light and effervescent. Through the lens of precious stones themselves, the artist explores the way light is captured, reflected and transformed by natures most sought after and rare treasures. He produces intricate relationships between subject, stone, artist and viewer.
Show opens Saturday, October 8th and will be on view until October 27th