Drawing Biennial 2015

Exhibition: 5 March – 30 April · Auction: 16 April 10am – 30 April 9pm


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Sam Austen

The Hot Glass Tourist’s Dream

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from actress Michelle Dockery

Year 2015
Medium Photocopy, unique print
Dimensions 29.5 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Thu 16 April, 2015 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Wed 26 April, 2017 at 9:00pm

Sam Austen:

Sam Austen (b. London, 1986) lives and works in London. Studying at the Royal Academy Schools and gained a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2009). On graduating Austen was awarded an ACME Studio as a 6 month studio residency. He has been making 16mm films, mostly in the style of 1930s abstract animations influenced by the work of Oskar Fischinger and Len Lye. He makes objects and drawings, which move and are lit in such as way as to look like animations, however everything is filmed in real time. Select projects include Somehow Eaten in the Dark, REX Cinema at SET, London (2017); Such Animals, Paradise Row, London (2014); and Angry Film, The Sunday Painter, London (2010). Select group exhibitions include Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London, UK (2017); Sam Austen, Marte Eknaes, Andrew Mealor, Laure Genillard, London, UK (2016); Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2016); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); Tomb, Shrine, Survey-marker, Spare part, Enclave, London (2014); Dreamland, Garis and Hahn, New York (2014); A Cool Drink To Cheek, Plaza Plaza, London (2014); V22 Collection show, V22, London (2013); The Instability of the Image, Paradise Row, London (2013); Young London, V22, London (2012); You Aren't Anything, You Are Everything, The Duchy, Glasgow (2012); Seconds, The Sunday Painter, London (2011); TVOD, Transition Gallery, London (2011); A Mouth To Suck Your Sap, The Sunday Painter, Bold Tendencies III, London (2009). 

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Sam Austen's  The Hot Glass Tourist’s Dream began as a drawing of a hand on one side of the paper which is pulled through a photocopier to create a mirrored image, then drawn on and re-photocopied until you get repeated images. Using the outmoded photocopier the drawing is like film speed with slight nuances of change, affecting a hallucinogenic image. Austen’s work is mainly moving image and objects.  His analogue films are made up of collaged images of constructed 2d and 3d objects, drawings, words and sounds.  He is interested in the materiality of analogue film as opposed to digital, and drawing being part of the manual process in the moving image.