Through a collaborative investigation of the modernist structure of the American Electric Power (AEP) headquarter building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sam van Strien and Diana Abell's AEP: Schematic & Surface, explores the public and private duality of the architecture of corporate America. A large building like AEP’s skyscraper is automatically a part of the public space of the downtown skyline landscape, and yet the interior building itself is intensely private. Public spaces of a plaza and lobby mark a boundary: the limit to the public interface with the building. AEP’s building, and comparable others of the downtown landscape represent the hegemony of modernist, city architecture. By investigating this particular instance of the AEP building, designed by Max Abramovitz in 1990, the exhibition explores what it means that we, as a public, cannot have access to a building.
wood, tyvek, large format xerox, laser etched photographic prints, 3D animation, video projection.
This instillation engages with site‑specific modes of making in its installation and through the collection of materials from the architect of an institution. Authorship and power is associated with the architectural drawing and the aerial view. Drawing using the plans of a building, is a process of tracing spaces and boundaries, as well as the information, systems and networks embedded within an architectural plan. Through this process I can control what information is obscured, revealed or withheld.
gesso, pencil rubbing, photo transfer, drafting film, metal wires, tensioners.
Arteries & Veins
The architecture of the downtown city is imbued with the implicit violence towards, negation of and power over a public in its affect. In this series I articulate processes that evoke ideas of touch and removal taking place in these locations.
A series of rubbings taken from banks and financial services in downtown Columbus. The list of sites were taken from the Banks & Financial Services section of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation.