Previously unseen works from William S Burroughs on display in Shoreditch

By Rachel Bishop on September 1, 2014 4:06 PM |



Exclusive artwork from Beat Generation figurehead and postmodernist William S Burroughs will be on show in Shoreditch from this week.

Tower Hamlets-based founder and curator of Guerilla Zoo James Elphick (right) talks to about the upcoming exhibition Animals in the Wall.

■ What's the exhibition all about?

This year marks the centennial celebration of writer and artist William S Burroughs.

Burroughs is recognised as one of the most influential writers and visionaries of the 20th century and his legacy continues to steer world culture.

■ What's Guerrilla Zoo doing?


Guerrilla Zoo have been given exclusive access to a collection of works, curated by Yuri Zupancic and I.

The Animals In The Wall exhibition showcases a new side to Burroughs. It features 50 originals including some never before shown.

■ Is Tower Hamlets a good source of inspiration for art projects?

This area is full of character, steeped in the old East End folklore, Asian communities, vibrant street art and the melting pot of Brick Lane on market day.

Burroughs' artworks were created from the early 1980s to late '90s and resonate with the street art of east London.

There are many anarchic graffiti-esque elements in Burroughs' paintings - he used spray paint aerosols, stencils, paste-up collages and letterforms.

■ How do the contributing artists fit in with Burroughs' work?

They are big admirers of Burroughs, and have created works in response to a certain topic or theme relevant to them within the Burroughs world.

Aug 29-Sept 7, 11am-7pm, free, LondoNewcastle, Redchurch Street, Shoreditch,