Anne Howeson a local artist has done some fascinating work on the huge transition Kings Cross is going thorugh right now. Her show, 'Remember Me' is on until Sunday 18th October at the Guardian Kings Place.
Anne sent the following:
'Exhibition of drawings: Remember Me – King’s Cross in Transition – At the Guardian Newspaper Kings Place from 29/09/09 to 18/10/09
For some time, I have been working on a series of drawings which document the neighbourhood of King’s Cross as it goes through transition. I’ve lived off Copenhagen Street, near King’s Cross, for years, often using it as a starting point for work. The dilapidated shop fronts of the Caledonian road were some of the earliest work, and the prostitutes – as seen in Neil Jordan’s film Mona Lisa – who used to stand in Goods Way. I love the mix of communities and cultures.
The drawings I’m making now aren’t so much a representational document, as an attempt to remember the past as it connects with the present and future. Many of the buildings have an untouched charm, evoking the early Victorian Industrial Age. You can almost feel the presence of the literary figures who used to live here: Blake, Dickens, Wollstonecraft and Godwin. However, over the next ten years this sense of the past will merge into 21st century Kings Cross/St Pancras, creating something quite different. As a resident, I feel displaced, but at the same time excited, by the implications of this architectural transformation, and want to record the blending of the old and new worlds as the metamorphosis takes place.'