Velorose, an architectural / design studio and art gallery in Charterhouse Square, continues its exhibitions programme with a show that explores the theme of memory in architecture through a series of photographs that artfully reveal a rarely-noticed aspect of London. In ‘Party Walls’, photographer Robb Mcrae uncovers the residue of continuous urban development in the city by drawing our gaze and attention to the slivered remnants of buildings long gone.
A party wall is an English structure that stands on the boundary between two properties and is shared by the two owners. As buildings are demolished and rebuilt, it is often more straightforward – from both legal and construction points of view – to maintain the shared (aka ‘party’) wall, and to erect a new structure immediately alongside. As the city evolves, slender traces of no-longer existent buildings survive almost buried within the streetscape.
Shot with a large-format camera, Mcrae’s work documents with feeling these subtle structures which draw the boundary between adjacent properties. The patina developed by a place suggests an atmosphere of accumulated history, of both loss and optimism; these nearly-invisible fragments of the past embody and transmit such memories. Works will be for sale.
Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm; other times by appointment.
Robb Mcrae will be discussing his work in person at Velorose on Thursday 8 June 2017 at 7pm, at a strictly invitation-only Private View.
Joining him in discussion will be Tamsie Thomson, Director of the London Festival of Architecture.