Samuel Keyte

An exhibition of paper and light

27th July - 5th August 2018


Dusk I, Friday 27th July 19.00-22.00

Dusk II, Friday 3rd August 19.00-22.00

…everything had broken down in any case, and new things had to be made out of the fragments; and this is Merz…

Kurt Schwitters, 1930



Flat38 presents Merz, the first solo exhibition from artist Samuel Keyte. Merz is a metamorphic installation formed from paper, where both the viewer and the changing light of Margate are fundamental to the final work. The illuminated sculpture will evolve over two weeks, creating a fluid and immersive environment.


The paper is swiftly cut and manipulated to form a temporary, three-dimensional collage. The many fluid shapes are suspended in layers to create dense foliage, and a playful base to capture light.  


The artwork is a response to Kurt Schwitters living sculpture Merzbau (1927-37), which grew over ten years within the rooms of his house in Hanover. It was destroyed by allied air raids in October 1943 but nonetheless came to be regarded as one of the most important works of modern art, and inspired what we now call installation art. Schwitters’ assemblages propose what he termed to be Gesamtkunstwerk, or ‘total work of art’.

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