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Andrei Vovk

Andrei Vovk was born in 1962 in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1989, immigrated to the United States in 1992, worked as an architect both in Moscow and in New York until September 2001—a partner in the Michael Sorkin Studio, urban design consultant, teaching since 1991, different courses in different schools: structures, media, design and urban design. Currently he is a professor at Pratt Institute of Architecture, running a drawing club in New York City,

I like rulers. 10 years ago I built three models out of wooden rulers. They split so nicely and the shapes of these split pieces are so wonderfully unpredictable. On the other hand they are instruments. They can measure lengths of other things. We find different meanings in the relationships of numbers—numbers and meanings—but sometimes the numbers go before the meanings.

fragmented and misaligned rulers
piled on top of each other
measuring nothing but themselves.