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Art Preview: Soerditch @ Eleven Spitalfields

Art Preview: Soerditch @ Eleven Spitalfields
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.
Adam Dant. Image courtesy Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.

Soerditch, as it used to be known, got its name from the fact that it was a 'sour ditch that issued into the Thames'. Since then Shoreditch's name has evolved and it's become a home for emerging artists, technology companies and hipsters aplenty.

Adam Dant has created 125 drawings reflecting the goings on in the area around his studio, in a satirical style akin to newspaper cartoonists. Dant's work has a great sense of humour and visitors will be able to identify with the drawing where a gathering crowd wonders whether a naked man asleep in a gazebo is a work of art. Incidentally, a naked man sat on a bench was a work of art in a show at the Hayward Gallery in 2011, so it's not as far fetched as it seems.

This should be a fitting and humorous tribute to what Shoreditch has now become and it's almost guaranteed to make you smile.

Soerditch - Diary of a Neighbourhood is on at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, E1 6QH from 8 March to 26 April. Admission is free.

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