Well Heeled is the latest of Dougie’s keen-eyed social documentary projects. In this, he once again presents a humorous, alternative perspective on an aspect of contemporary culture by focussing on one of our most familiar companions. Dogs.
Well Heeled marks a change from Wallace’s prior projects; Shoreditch Wildlife – Road Wallah – Stags, Hens & Bunnies. Dougie had enough of getting chased down the road and told to delete the picture he’s just taken; his next move has seen him turn his camera on man’s best friend and the strange world of pet parents. Dogs don’t talk back and their owners stand by with pleasure while their ‘offspring’ leap around enjoying being snapped. Anthropomorphic parents spend as much on pet grooming as they would on their own hair. Dougie Wallace has used his acute observation and innate wit to portray this phenomenon in his new series Well Heeled. Wallace’s dogs have human expressions, humorous thoughts and collude with the viewer with knowing eyes to camera.
Well Heeled captures details in a dog’s eye view that humans wouldn’t normally see. Behind the coiffured and pampered ‘children in fur coats’ the focus is on their claws, their paw pads, their incisors, drool drenched beards and watery eyes. Their canine traits erupt throughout the photographs and leave the viewer in no doubt that they are animals who would rather be chasing rabbits in a field and chewing bones than getting carried about wearing a Swarovski crystal encrusted collars and Louis Vuitton lead.
Dougie Wallace will present Well Heeled at Crave Gallery in November 2016, the exhibition will showcase the highlights from the project printed using Chromira C-Type Matt fine art paper, mounted in large scale formats, with many in larger-than-life size for maximum impact.
Join us for unveiling of Well Heeled at the official Private View on Thursday 17th November, from 7.30 – 10pm.