Organised by GALLERY46 - TICKNER McLUSKY BELL & YOUNG
EXHIBITION and BOOK LAUNCH
Renowned photographer DOUGIE WALLACE
Shoreditch-based new book East Ended (Dewi Lewis Publishing)
East Ended explores gentrification in and around Shoreditch, an area of London infamous for its recent and extreme metamorphosis. Conveying a similar tone to some of his previous bodies of work including Shoreditch Wild Life, the Scottish photographer documents the changing narrative told on the walls of Tower Hamlets. From Brexit murals to artist tags, Wallace examines the commentary that street art provides in contemporary society.
Before it was a recognised urban art form, graffiti was an indication of decay that lowered surrounding property values. With the severe transformation of London’s east end, spray-painted walls now signify edginess and an implied authenticity. Artists who used to hone their craft hooded, hidden and nocturnal, are now commissioned by big-name brands to decorate entire buildings in commercial logos for advertising campaigns.
Recognised and celebrated for his use of saturated colour and hectic composition, Wallace has often been described as a ‘Britain’s modern-day Hogarth’, depicting everyday scenes through an honest and sometimes unforgiving lens.
Accompanying the East Ended book is an essay by author Dr PAUL LOWE (Course Director - Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC), discussing the history of the area and why Wallace is poised to capture it in its current state of disarray.
As Lowe states in The Age of Shoreditchification, Wallace’s “dazzling vision, powered by a multiplicity of instantaneous flashes of light, subverts all sense of close and distant, transforming the field of vision into a purely photographic space where the sense of picture plane dissolves: any concept of near or far becomes irrelevant”.