From The Jam Factory – Sarah Hyndman.

Dalston: Peeling the layers

Posted in Dalston by Type Tasting on July 18, 2010

Dalston has been stripped back layer by layer as buildings have come down to make way for the new London Overground and the resulting development of the existing buildings.

I find the revealing of the insides of somebody’s house – the choice of paint, the fireplaces, the faded patches where pictures hung – strangely intrusive, private becoming public.

Alexandra Blum has been the official artist in residence whilst this has been taking place. In her own words “I’ve been making drawings of the streets in Dalston for about 12 months, building up a series of images, to give a sense of how the area is changing: the life cycle of Dalston’s buildings, the interaction between existing buildings and spaces and the potential impact of new constructions.  As part of a residency, I am now drawing from inside the site too, exploring the sequence of temporary spaces before they vanish beneath the building’s final form.”


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