Bond is the first of six artists to be commisioned by the Public Art Development Trust to produce a body of work challenging our view of the Thames, in preparation for the 1996 opening of 'The Thames Path' - a 180-mile footpath from the Cotswolds to the Thames barrier.
Bond gave himself a tough brief: to get as much information as possible and present it all as a kaleidoscope of stereotypes and visual associations: 'This is a dramatisation of what it means to live in London in the 1990s,' he says. And he has covered a lot of ground: from the industrial Isle of Dogs to Chelsea's glamorous shores, taking in boat trips, night-shift workers, business men and early morning joggers, he stimulates our curiosity, showing only a few seconds of action then moving tantalisingly on. Bond targets some of the actual experience of walking the streets, with all the drama of changing moods and themes: we see a smartly-dressed businesswoman at the edge of the street, looking preoccupied and stressed. Then, in stark contrast, two sunny schoolgirls trip past (right) - a moment of rare innocence. A few frames later, a rather sinister motorcade passes by.
Bond is fascinated with traditional media representations: he picks out Tower Bridge, for instance, a classic outline that has graced a multitude of films and television series. And the vogue for river-view back-drops on day-time television programmes (Carlton Television's London Tonight uses a third-floor window) has not escaped his notice. Nor, unsurprisingly, have Japanese tourists: without whom no central London scene would be complete.
'Deep Dark Water' is showing, on Fridays only, 2-6pm, Public Art Development Trust, 3rd Floor, Kirkman House, 12-14 Whitfield Street, W1 (071-580 9977) A book is also available, pounds 9.99
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