Open from 13th February to 20th March 2009
Commissioned to document the narrative of the building of Kings Place, Dale Atkinson has proved to be an inspired choice. His response has been metaphorical rather than literal with compelling images such as a loose scaffolding grid containing hints of ghostly workers who materialise and vanish as if glimpsed in a dream. The broader metaphor is one which echoes the flux and change of the building itself. This poetic strategy is as far removed from methodical documentation as it is possible to get, each image being as resonant with life as that of his own fugitive world.
In his adventures in erasure and reconstruction Atkinson creates more than a narrative of the painting’s history, he also reveals hidden experiences, apprehensions and perceptions; a multiplicity of worlds. Witnessing the site develop he recalls, it “began as a colossal hole … (and evolved), through almost Norman towers of concrete jabbing into the sky and spiders’ webs of girders and ropes, to the final enormous waving glass façade that I can now see as I arrive and leave, Kings Cross”
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