This is not art – No. 25…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word naturalistically – it has far too many syllables in it.

Mm… this morning I was torn between calling this photograph This is Not Art – No. 25, and not calling it that. It doesn’t quite fit in the series – I usually go for ‘found things’ that have some evidence of human activity, such as sloppy unconsidered brush marks, or vandalism, or graffiti by some rough untalented dimwit. This photograph has neither, after all it’s just a piece of discarded cardboard box and some old and rather carelessly executed road markings…
Hm, let’s have a closer look…

If the cardboard hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have bothered.
Apart from the lugubrious attractiveness of the oozing filthy yellow road paint, its companion in the composition, the piece of cardboard box, is surprisingly rich in information: the fine longitudinal stripes – they could be on an expensive shirt front; its complex shape – the round-ended mysterious cut-out, the roughly torn saw-tooth edge at the top, the nonchalant sloping element on the bottom right, and that’s before we examine the red and black printing grouped in its centre.
Do you know what these are dear reader? I do, or I think I do – I believe they are called ‘registration marks’ – they are used by the printers of the cartons to make sure that the different colours of the image or lettering line up as the thing whizzes through the press. Note the cross in the circle – I’ll bet if this device, which is printed in both red and black, was a bit out of line someone in the factory would be immediately fired – well, probably not.
Actually if you zoom right in on the photo you’ll see that the two colours are indeed slightly out of register – go on dear reader, zoom in, have a look! Oh, what fun we have on these pages!…
I’m quite pleased with this found composition, it was well worth stopping for – and I didn’t even have to kick the cardboard with my foot to adjust its position to make the photo ‘better’ – in photography doing that is considered pretty bad form you know – it’s a cardinal rule – you should never mess with the scene of grime…

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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8 Responses to This is not art – No. 25…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    It is the little out of register circle with the X that grabbed my eye to the “grime” scene. Good find Dave.

  2. Dana Doran says:

    I can’t imagine why anyone would use the word naturalistically –they say it’s an adjective…really? I must have slipped out of the hologram.

  3. “Scene of the Grime” ohmygosh, that is hilarious! And I’m sure it would scrub up rather well into a sunshiney yellow colour if anyone were to bother. 🙂

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