Sam van Strien

(b 1992Netherlands. Lives and works in London)

Van Strien uses two-dimensional media to examine the nature of three-dimensional spaces in the built environment. Combining charcoal rubbing, laser-cut engraving and drawing, he articulates the tactile and visual limits of the public experience of buildings in urban environments.

“Architecture is a part of our lived reality: simultaneously experienced visually, by the body and through countless forms of representation,” says van Strien. “It is integral to our history and context: a form of production and sociability, of power and exploitation. The architecture of our environment speaks: it is not mute.”

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