Sam Austen’s (b. 1986 lives and works in London) video works combine tropes of Surrealism and science fiction with his fantastical and abstract landscapes, housing indefinable shapes, objects and words. Referencing early pioneers of abstract cinema such as Len Lye and Oskar Fischinger, the films lucidly explore a relationship between physicality and transience. The intensity of his visuals breaks down traditional barriers of time and structure, alluding to sensations and feelings rather than figurative imagery- the films in their entity serving as a product of the age of velocity and speed of production in the 21st century.
Selected group and solo exhibitions include Like Honey From A Weed, Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex (2017); Bearing Liability, Strange Cargo, Folkestone (2017); The Instability of the Image, Paradise Row (2013); V22 Collection Show, London (2013); You Aren’t Anything, You Are Everything, The Duchy, Glasgow (2012); TVOD, Transition Gallery, London (2011); and Angry Film, The Sunday Painter, London (2010). In 2009 the artist was awarded the ACME Studio Prize Chelsea.