on saturday morning i took a wander through the familiar streets of shoreditch but this time with a complete group of strangers, well bar one who i did know. i joined in a walk led by xanthe berkeley and some happy instagram snappers.
a beautiful sunny spell after a quick sharp hail stone shower and a little further north than my usual shoreditch walk about, entering into the border of hackney from tower hamlets.
this week one of my journeys too me east, hackney wick east. i bit of a nothing part of the east end of london, a place of change though and gentrification. the gateway to the olympic park and historically the boundary between middlesex and essex. where the river lea, the lee navigation and the hertford union canal meet at the hackney cut.
a place where old meets new, a place of colour and street art too.
remi rough was born in south-east london, where he has lived and worked in the city ever since. he happens to be a local in my neighbourhood too. ooooooo. he is a leading figure within th new movement of urban modernist painter (graffuturists/graffuturism) who have adopted the theories and practices of the modern masters that preceeded them.
his current exhibition ‘home’ at scream gallery, alludes to london itself and is a return home for the artist – the first solo exhibition of new since 2009. the exhibition runs until the 3rd november.