Sam Cranstoun

About the Artist

Sam Cranstoun (b.1987) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. These investigations address the importance of the role assumed by the artist in creating work, as well as the importance of popular culture, mass media, art, architecture and design in forming a collective understanding of our environment and surroundings.

Cranstoun’s work has been included in solo and group shows such as ‘The National’, Carriageworks Sydney (2019); Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2019); ‘Impossible Conversations’, Museum of Brisbane (2018); Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2017); Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize (2017); GOMA Q, QAG|GOMA (2015); Light Play, UQ Art Museum (2015); ‘Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse (2014); ‘Art/Life’ QUT Art Museum (2012); and Brisbane Emerging Art Festival (2011). He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize at Art Gallery of NSW in 2009 and 2007.

About the Artwork

Power Structures 7 was inspired by Dennis Rodman’s perceived friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and his unlikely role as a diplomat in Trump-era politics. With a composition grounded in collage, the work suggests hidden narratives are behind the accepted stories of history’s strongmen – prompting us to consider whether truth is stranger than fiction.

Power Structures 7
2017
Oil on board
106.5 x 71cm
Courtesy of Milani Gallery
163 Boundary St West End Q 4101
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Venue Snapshot

West End Bakery is a bakery run by a family of pastry chefs and artisan bakers from France

A bakery has operated here for many years: in an earlier life, as a hot bread kitchen. This street-level retail occupancy of the Omega House building sits under a large upstairs space (now a dance studio). The space was previously Olympic Soccer’s kafenion and also The Sitting Duck, a legendary alternative café and performance space in the 1980s when local performance groups and venues flourished in West End.


Artists

Richard Bell
‘Dornoch Philosophy’
@ Addwest Shoe & Luggage Repairs
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Natalya Hughes
‘New body (no sag)’
@ The Framer
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Dadang Christanto
‘Ciduk, Siska, Bunuh, Buang IV’
@ Ralph’s Garage
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Judy Napangardi Watson
‘Mina Mina Dreaming’
@ Avid Reader
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Linde Ivimey
‘Sacchuro Mortuis 1’
@ Dresden
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George Gittoes
‘Caryatid’
@ Bill Diacos Barber
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Vernon Ah Kee
‘Love it or fuck off’
@ Open House Collective
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Tony Albert
‘Octagon’
@ Andrew Tanos Pharmacy
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Ross Manning
‘Radial loop’
@ Jet Black Cat Music
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Paul Bai
‘Between Me and the World No.26—Homage to Kazimir Malevich’
@ Open House Collective
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Franck Gohier
‘Sir Joh’
@ Where the Wild Things Are
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Madeleine Kelly
‘Me and My Rhythm Box’
@ Posto
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Margaret Loy Pula
‘Anatye (Bush Potato Dreaming)’
@ Dresden
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Victoria Reichelt
‘The write to be forgotten’
@ The Happy Cabin
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Luke Roberts
‘Pope Alice and Einstein (seated)’
@ The Fat Carrot
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Madonna Staunton
‘Looking at Nietzsche’
@ Hope St Cafe
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Brian Robinson
‘Feeding the family pets’
@ Southbank Locksmiths
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Emerging / Early / Mid Career Artists

Aaron Perkins
‘16 July 2018 (a weary composure skirt his indifference) ’
@ Open House Collective
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Bridie Gillman
‘He pulled a blossom off the tree for me as I left’
@ Avid Reader
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Samuel Tupou
‘Evermore 3.14’
@ Kim Tanh Banh Mi
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Sam Cranstoun
‘Power Structures 7’
@ West End Bakery
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Keith Burt
‘Farther’
@ Hall’s Jewellers & Watchmakers
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Jacinta Giles
‘Persist’
@ Jet Black Cat Music
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Nicola Moss
‘Green Commons I’
@ Addwest Shoe & Luggage Repairs
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Annie O'Rourke
‘We Live in a Beautiful Country’
@ Hope St Cafe
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Ari Athans
‘Arrival XVI’
@ The Framer
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Christopher Bassi
‘Black Cowrie’
@ The Happy Cabin
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Tyza Stewart
‘Right On’
@ Andrew Tanos Pharmacy
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Vanghoua Anthony Vue
‘Untitled Triptych’
@ Ralph’s Garage
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Jackie Ryan
‘Nerd Rage (Cause of Death: Classifieds - Episode 3 Part 2)’
@ Where the Wild Things Are
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Zoe Porter
‘Goat Girls’
@ The Fat Carrot
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Sebastian Moody
‘I can show you, That this world, Is your world’
@ Hong Lan Grocer
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Amy Carkeek
‘You can't learn by forgetting’
@ Hall’s Jewellers & Watchmakers
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Warraba Weatherall
‘Untitled’
@ All venues
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