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Samara Golden

1973 –

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  • Details

    Places where the work was made
    United States of America
    California United States of America
    Los Angeles California United States of America
    Media categories
    Installation , Mixed media
    Materials used
    glass mirror, expandable spray foam, acrylic paint, dichroic vinyl, wood, fabric, plaster, paper, nail varnish, wire, vinyl floor tile, LED lights, XPS foam board, latex paint
    520.0 x 790.0 x 940.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by Andy Song and Li Ze with the additional support of Atelier 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Samara Golden
    Artist information
    Samara Golden

    Works in the collection


  • About

    In a shimmering, mirrored interior, an endless white apartment block seems to rise up and plunge downward simultaneously. The space within each layer is populated by an unsettling yet fascinating array of objects: amorphous bodies, snakes and crabs, junked furniture, shiny blue fabric. Created in 2022 and partly reflecting the artist’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, Guts is an extraordinary essay in beauty, turmoil, anger and pathos by Los Angeles-based artist Samara Golden. Evoking the stratified layers of class in America as well as the layers of a conflicted mind, the shelves in the installation also reflect Golden’s desire to create, in her words, ‘an impossible space’ -- an interior whose fractured and vertiginous perspectives evoke the contradictions of contemporary life. The ‘guts’ Golden refers to in her title could simply be the interiors of these dwellings or offices. To have guts also means to have courage. To spill your guts is to tell the whole truth. But crucially, guts are the slippery innards that reveal the health of an organism. To ‘get to the guts’ of something, as Golden seeks to, is to penetrate to the heart of the problem.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    United States of America, California