This is not art. No. 10…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the very rude one sitting at the dinner table helping herself to food from other people’s plates with her trunk .
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The use of colour in this piece is gently subversive and very appealing to the eye; the pale grey-blue of the substrate, the exuberance of the stinging orange globular masses, occasionally mingling with those delicate sunset-custard-yellow figures. As for the composition, see how the whole field of active bright daubs is being propelled, as the units are herded into the left-hand side of the canvas by the steely linear vertical arrow-shaped junction of grey and blue – this horizontal motion is guided by the faint (apparently printed on) ghostly rectilinear grey forms marching and sliding relentlessly across from right to left. Note the almost playful swirl of yellow at the top right, which, for a moment, apparently decides to respect the aforementioned arrow motif, but then evaporates, only to join again near the bottom edge. This is a piece full of clever visual detail that one could spend several hours discussing. A very fine work indeed…

No, no, it’s not art, but it is pretty good isn’t it? As I always say when posting these things – I’ve seen a lot worse on the walls of art galleries
Yes, this is an area of wall inside one of Dulltown’s shopping centres where some advertising boards have recently been removed. I think that the wall was once painted bright orange, then later it seems to have had a layer of paper pasted over it, and later still some sort of panels were glued on top of the paper. So when these panels were pulled away the dabs of hardened glue on their backs took the paper away with them leaving holes for the orange to grin through (on the right you can clearly see the ragged edges of these holes).
It was well worth the photograph I think…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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11 Responses to This is not art. No. 10…

  1. Oh yes, very lovely – although I would suggest a few daubs of green to make it more of an abstract Christmas piece, perhaps. Of course, this would need to be done after hours, on the QT so nobody gets into trouble…… 🙂

  2. Jheron Bash says:

    Love it – & a particularly fine gallery description! You couldn’t go adding things to the piece though, could you? That might make it Art.

  3. Dana Doran says:

    I think you’ve just described how I feel about Jackson Pollock’s works. And because he used house paint – one could say that he had no intention that the works be permanent – but, that one’s memory of a “movement” in art would fade with its timely disintegration. haha

  4. Shammy says:

    Blindingly accommodating.

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