La Mélancolie de la rue

by Zbigniew

“In 1973 Wallace produced his first full-scale panoramic photographic work, La Mélancolie de la rue. The triptych comprises three hand-coloured photographic panels with different images placed in stark juxtaposition: the façade of the new Winnipeg Art Gallery, a bulldozed landscape of the new suburbs, and a squatter’s shack on the Maplewood Flats in Dollarton belonging to artist Tom Burrows. By placing these images together, Wallace examines characteristic phenomena of the early 1970’s economic boom: rapid suburban sprawl, the profusion of modernist places of culture and the dropout hippy culture on the outskirts of Vancouver that was forcibly cleared for redevelopment in 1971.”

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

Vancouver Art Gallery