Sam Reveles: The Impossibility of Measuring our Connectivity

Talley Dunn Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Ireland-based artist Sam Reveles.  The Impossibility of Measuring Our Connectivity will open with a preview and artist talk on Saturday, January 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and will be on view in the Main Gallery through February 24, 2018. There will also be a reception for the artist open to the public on Saturday, January 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The exhibition features six large canvases and eight works on paper all of which represent an exciting new direction in the artist’s body of work. These dynamic new paintings and drawings embrace a brighter palette than the artist has used in over a decade, but, more importantly, they signal a shift in his working methods. Throughout his career, Reveles has explored the expressive possibilities of line and space to create abstract compositions inspired by the landscapes to which he has personal connections.  While the work in this exhibition does indeed represent a shift, the best aspects of Reveles’ aesthetic are carried forward: the movement within each composition, a bold impression that draws you in, surprising depth, and intricacy that rewards sustained viewing. Perhaps above all these, the defining quality that underpins these paintings and drawings is balance – balance that is so complete it makes one realize that the term itself is perhaps much overused.  Reveles has managed to evolve his techniques without losing any of the evocative power of his earlier works. The resulting works are less gestural and more controlled with layers of intricacy and detail. As a group, they seem to pulse with energy while each has a commanding presence all its own. The intimate scale of Poulaphouca 5, 2016 represents a  harmony with the sumptuousness of the gouache and the ways in it is rendered. Meanwhile, The Impossibility of Measuring our Connectivity #10, 2017 is as engaging when viewed by the viewer from a close proximity as it is when seen from greater distances.


A native of El Paso, Texas, Reveles earned his M.F.A. degree from Yale University.  In 1995, Reveles’ paintings were included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial. More recently, Reveles has participated in several artist residency programs including UTD’s CentralTrak in Dallas and that of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. Reveles’ work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the El Paso Museum of Art; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Hammer Art Museum in Los Angeles.  The artist’s paintings are also included in the permanent museum collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City. The artist currently lives and works in Ireland.

Talley Dunn Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment.  For more information about the exhibition, please contact Meredith Leyendecker at the gallery ( or 214/521-9898) for visuals and a checklist.   Concurrently with this exhibition, Tony Berlant will be on view in the Project Gallery at Talley Dunn Gallery.