A number of my recent paintings reflect upon the 'provisional' nature of contemporary cities. Much of my work draws on my experience of living in and around London for most of my life and many areas where I've lived have been close to sites of major infrastructure developments such as the A406, the M11 Link Road (A12) in East London, and last year's Olympics. On a city-wide scale, there's also an awareness of other major projects affecting London such as the redevelopment of Kings Cross, and Crossrail. These developments take many years, and, while assurances of the benefits of them may turn out to be well-founded, several years of living alongside the disruption to the smooth functioning of the urban environment can make these benefits feel a long way off: these infrastructure projects often imbue a 'provisional' nature upon the city. What it does is undermine the apparent solidity of the built environment: places familiar for many years disappear seemingly overnight, and the personal memories and associations connected to them melt away.
Nicholas Middleton 2013
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