Basel

Sam Porritt, Lost at Sea, 2018, plaster, iron dust, wire, wood, motor, steel, glass, LED bulb, 69 1⁄4 × 23 5⁄8 × 23 5⁄8". Photo: Nici Jost.

Sam Porritt

VITRINE | Basel

Sam Porritt, Lost at Sea, 2018, plaster, iron dust, wire, wood, motor, steel, glass, LED bulb, 69 1⁄4 × 23 5⁄8 × 23 5⁄8". Photo: Nici Jost.

The spatial and conceptual center of Sam Porritt’s show “A Certain Change” is a slender, five-foot-nine-inch-tall wood-and-plaster sculpture that resembles the nineteenth-century Eddystone Lighthouse on the Cornish coast. This motorized artwork, titled Lost at Sea (all works 2018), continually rotates about its own axis, and its beam radiates out into the city: Living up to its name, Vitrine is an entirely transparent glass pavilion. Set around a bridge pier, the gallery and a companion structure that houses a fast-food stand were built as part of the redesign of a former railway-station square that remains a traffic hub.

The presentation’s visibility varies according to the time of day: After dark, the gallery illuminates its surroundings; during daylight hours, the glass panes reflect the urban life flowing across the square. The visitor approaching to inspect the nine drawings

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