The Transient City – Luke Walker

Battersea and Beyond

D Contemporary is very happy to present

The Transient City – Luke Walker

20th April – 11th May

Monday – Friday | 11am – 6pm
Saturday | 11am – 5pm

London, as with most cities, is in a constant state of change: its buildings seem permanent and immovable but all will eventually be gone. Many are lost to catastrophic events: the Great Fire; the Blitz; though, usually there are struggles, a gradual war of attrition of boom and bust, changing fashions or simple neglect. It is often only the underlying bones of a structure that remain, the mediaeval street patterns, the sewerage system, the infrastructure on which a city survives which acts as a palimpsest of its former incarnation.

It is this transience that Luke M Walker aims to examine in this exhibition, as a painter and walking artist who has spent much of the last ten years exploring the streets of London. An architecturally-trained Interior and Spatial Designer, Walker is regularly drawn to construction sites, documenting these markers of change before, during and after their transformation.

From a lofty position on some of the city’s highest landmarks, from Vauxhall, to St Pauls, to The Sky Gardens, Walker paints the fluid nature of the city as it morphs its way along the Thames like the turning of the tides.

The sites are linked through a series of walks, entitled ‘Datascapes’, in which he maps his progress through the city: pace; speed; number of steps etc. using an iphone app. These are painted and become physical representations of the momentary act of walking itself.

Transience is expressed from the singular perspective of one of its current citizens and in the complex, physical  structures of the city itself.

Transience is expressed from the singular perspective of one of its current citizens and in the complex, physical  structures of the city itself.

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