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E9: an anatomy of an area
Clive Brandon  Tania McCormack  Gary O’Connor  Mike Perry

October 16 – November 14 2004 Fri – Sun 1-6pm
Private View Friday October 15 - 6-9pm


‘The city’s hard, the city’s fair’
What a Waster – The Libertine

A small corner of East London comes under the magnifying glass, as the postal district that the gallery happens to be in becomes the theme for this show. Curiously this specificity becomes universal as the details that the artists focus on could be from any urban neighbourhood. A chance meeting in a park, street furniture, overgrown corners of wilderness.

These eclectic urban musings and jumbled city thoughts are neither sensational, nor shocking but by their very ordinariness they connect to something beautifully strange and profound. With this trawling through both the badlands and the genteel gentrified areas of E9, the exasperating, cursed tangle of this churned up city* gives up its ghostly melancholies revealing a hinterland of hidden delights.

*The Selected Poems of William Blake – Dr Bruce Woodcock

Clive Brandon
quite literally maps the E9 area by walking around its boundaries in the manner of some miniature urban Grand Tour. The resultant paintings and drawings are determined by a combination of conceptual parameters and random meanderings, giving equal importance to the banal, the ugly and the picturesque.

Tania McCormack makes numerous bus journeys and walks, recording her experiences in trembly, scribbly, freehand line drawings and embroideries on bus tickets, postcards and paper. The immediacy of these direct responses, not filtered through a photographic or pondered axis, recall the quixotic, drifting nature of the visual experience of a journey.

Gary O’Connor
is interested in the ‘space between reality and the imaginary’. For E9 his starting point is Victoria Park - the place where his parents first met. From here he creates a quasi-imaginary narrative work that includes writing, sound and T-shirts and incorporates influences from Suffragettes to Situationists.

Mike Perry’s large-scale photographs focus on the intersection of city and wilderness by turning their gaze to the urban brown-fields of Hackney Wick’s canal district. The result is a series of dreamy, empty landscapes that record this transitory area before it is swallowed up by proposed redevelopment.

There is a publication to accompany E9, which includes specially commissioned writing by Tony White and visuals by the E9 artists. The price has now been reduced from £4.50 to £2.