Spot Exhibition brings together fourteen of Samraing Chea’s most recent coloured pencil drawings. The works blend Samraing’s uncanny skill for recalling images from factual books, found images and animated movies. He devotes hours to the careful construction of each work, relying on memory and a personal library of images on his laptop as reference. The signature line of text at the bottom of each drawing often describes his initial inspiration or adds a humorous thought for the viewer to decode the depicted scene. Themes are wide-ranging and often mysterious, begging the question; where does it come from? Samraing’s answer is often as cryptic as the drawings themselves yet these small comic type narratives reveal a deep insight into his sentimental love of popular culture, Americana and the urban environment he lives in.
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TOP: Valiant Pigeons Refusing Five Movies, 2019, greylead & colour pencil on paper, 32.5 x 43 cm,
MIDDLE: At the Observatory Aisling sit on these Steps and Sleep, But Filmore Search and Take Her to Her Pet Shop, 2018, greylead and colour pencil on paper, 25 x 32.5 cm, SACH18-0003
MIDDLE: After Check the Text, Kianas Information was never Realized. But, At the Library, She Believe Everybody If Things Done Wrong, 2018, greylead and colour pencil on paper, 25 x 32.5 cm, SACH18-0015
BOTTOM: An Angry Teenage Girl with Her Tan Hair Gets Really Fumed, 2019, greylead & colour pencil on paper, 28 x 19 cm, SACH18-0019