This is not art. No. 16…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: brackish, raffish, unifilar, opprobrious, dissilient, xenogenetic and blunt.
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This is not art…
Well, I suppose my photograph of it is, but not this piece of architecture itself. When it was designed and put up by the builders, I suspect that there was zero aesthetic consideration involved. Mind you, I’ll bet back in Victorian times if a doorway this size was to be constructed, even in an industrial area, the people doing it would have automatically put a bit of ‘style’ into its design – perhaps a nice bit of curved brickwork each side, with an semi-elliptical arch composed of voussoirs at the top? We can’t afford that sort of thing now, can we?…
Anyway, here it is, in all its glory…
Two things caught my eye and persuaded me to snap the picture; the horizontal stripes of light and dark blue as the bulges in the metal slats catch the light, and of course those black and yellow steel ‘corner protectors’ at each side. You often see such things on warehouse entrances, a sloppy driver could easily knock out a few bricks going in and out with his/her truck – it wouldn’t take much to bring the whole bloody lot crashing down would it?
But isn’t it gorgeous!…
See how that great area of buzzing blue is perfectly balanced by the relatively small, but eye-catchingly bright, wasp-like (‘wasp-like’ is nice isn’t it?) features at each side, the whole thing framed by the neutral white wall. Oh, and don’t forget the little touch of green nature sneaking in bottom right…
Blue… Yellow… Black… White… The term colour field painting springs to mind – I sort of wish it didn’t… Eat your heart out Mark Rothko!…

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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4 Responses to This is not art. No. 16…

  1. Oh yes, I do like the subtle shading going on here – most lovely! Also I do like your word usage… “semi-elliptical arch composed of voussoirs at the top” Voussoirs” is a nice word.

  2. David Manley says:

    We arty types have a term for this…a bloody cracker!

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