As part of the activation of the POSTmatter x fig-2 exhibition online, we will be showcasing a unique artist work daily. Approaching the representation of the landscape through an architectural lens, Sam Jacob presents a series of six drawings of the British road network. A co-founder and former director of globally acclaimed FAT Architecture, independent columnist and curator, Jacob strips back his design-led perspective to the most minimal of maps.
Tracing the six most historically important radial routes that stem from London, each is paired with the ISO page size that correlates to its title. Vein-like, the A1 wiggles vertically across an A1 page, the smaller A2 finds its way horizontally across an A2 sized page, the A3 across an A3, and so on. In tying the roads’ classification to that of the page, the geographic and the industrial are entwined. Clustered together, each piece appears almost to intersect, forming a whole that morphs into a newly sketched map of emergent lines. The natural landscape is at once evoked and disrupted in the delicately abstract rendering of this network, following a new topography of infrastructure.