Renovation and Revival in King's Cross Central
05 February - 25 February 2015
This solo exhibition of 30 drawings turns King’s Cross/St Pancras (the largest area of urban redevelopment in Europe) into a palimpsest. Places and fragments are appropriated from imagery hidden in London print archives - including the London Metropolitan Archives, Museum of London and the Foundling Museum - and subverted in scale, context and content. The digitally reprinted images are rubbed out and re drawn, becoming new works evoking a sense of passing time through a mixture of memory and invention. The unbuilt places of the future and disappeared buildings from the past are imagined and revisited.
Part document, part fiction, the work presents architectural regeneration as inevitable, while considering its effect on the environment and communities of today.
Anne Howeson is a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner and lecturer at the Royal College of Art. She works on self-initiated drawing projects, including the solo exhibition ‘Remember Me’, at the Guardian News and Media October 2009. She is an exhibitor in the 2014 Derwent Art prize and National Open Art Award and was an invited artist in the 2011 Discerning Eye show at Mall Gallery. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of London.