One of the joys of exploring London is finding new things as you turn a corner into a street you haven’t walked down before, showing pieces of London’s history, it’s buildings, its people, its industry and its culture.
On a corner of the complex web of streets away from the busy shopping areas of Oxford Street and Regent Street is an Art Nouveau building which at one time was the offices and showroom of Boulting & Sons, incorporated into an overall ensemble which includes social housing.
Boulting & Sons, founded in 1808, was apparently the first plumbing and sanitary-ware company to install a flushing toilet in Windsor Castle (an accolade more often attributed to Thomas Crapper). Its name continues with the gallery T J Boulting which now brings contemporary art into the former commercial spaces.
As you proceed down the old staircase you enter another world – a dark basement of two spaces taken over by the artist Dominic Hawgood who, in ‘Casting Out the Self v3.1′, has extended his skill of photography into other media focused on the perception of the viewer who is invited to sit and experience an hallucinatory experience in the white room, while in the other room he/she is bathed in a blue light with reflections in the centre of the installation spiritually linking to urban Sharmas – a spiritual experience.