SAMBRE, ‘Cercle De Vie’, 2014, Catherine Ahnell Gallery


Combining artisan craft with the culture of street art, SAMBRE transforms derelict urban spaces into works of art. SAMBRE was raised in the French countryside by carpenters and moved to Paris as an adult where he was inspired by the city’s street art. The artist creates site-specific wood sculptures from the relics of abandoned buildings and public spaces, transforming waste into reliefs and collages that heighten our awareness of industrial materials and the spaces that structure urban life. “The question of the place of an individual in society is something I really care about,” SAMBRE has said. “Nowadays, humans have become an urban animal. We’re getting closer to the machine and the machine is getting closer to us.”

French, b. 1984, Ardeche, France