Private View: Fri. 31st Oct. 2014, 7PM - 9:30PM
Site Specific Commission for
The Residence Gallery has selected Daryl Brown to create a public memorial artwork for
The curatorial theme for the project 'a memorial for the wasteland', stems from the pre-Olympic/pre-gentrification history of Hackney Wick. At the time when Hackney Wicked was founded in the garden of The Residence Gallery, the area was connected to a strong sense of radical freedom afforded by the surrounding wasteland, disused warehouses, wild flowers, traveler communities, spiritualists, ravers, vagrants and artists. Anything seemed possible. The 'wasteland' welcomed the outsiders, offered cheap rents and plenty of space to explore and experiment. Post-Olympics, the wasteland is undergoing "regeneration", and the creative lifestyle is branded, packaged and sold as "legacy" while fewer and fewer creatives can continue to afford it. Interestingly, the “wasteland” is rarely conserved or valued as a positive contribution to social change. Like the wasteland, the communities that thrive in raw discarded landscapes are so easily wiped out and forgotten. Daryl Brown states about his piece: "I have tried to create a monument to the cut and paste community that is the Hackney Wick I remember.”
Daryl Brown's sculpture Living living living living life is located on Bream Street, E3.