Sam van Strien


Location: London, UK

Architecture is a part of our lived reality: simultaneously experienced visually, by the body and through countless forms of representation. 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.

I am driven by the question of how – and where – I experience architecture.
My work engages with this question through both my direct and mediated experiences. This results in works that use rubbings of architecture, and the photographs and texts that I find in architects' archives. The work, shown together, as artefact and image, questions if architecture can be adequately represented in images or texts, or if it exists only as concrete matter, as a place we can touch and see.


*Solo exhibition **Two person exhibition

Works on Paper 2017, 19th Annual National Juried Competition & Exhibition, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, New Jersey, USA
Thesis, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH, USA
Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH, USA

**AEP: Schematic & Surface, collaboration with Diana Abells, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA
*A Trace Unfulfilled, Pearl Conard Gallery, Mansfield, OH, USA
Alter + Combine, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI, USA (catalogue)

Small Works Exhibition, Roy G Biv, Columbus, OH, USA
Everywhere is Here, Knowlton School of Architecture, Columbus, OH, USA
The Appearance of the Visible, Millworks Studio Exhibition, Columbus, OH, USA

Arts Graduates’ Prize 2014, Works in Print, Herbert Smith Freehills, London, UK
Clyde & Co Art 2014 Art Awards, exhibition collection (2014–2015), London, UK
Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins Fine Art Degree Show, London, UK
Big Space, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, UK

Star Food & Wine, Old Street, London, UK
Education Reversed, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
Hot-One-Hundred, Schwartz Gallery, Hackney Wick, London, UK
This is For You, A Million Minutes, London, UK
The Shoe Show, Podium, Oslo, Norway
Galleriet Steenstrupsgate, National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway