This is not art. No. 37…?

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s giraffe is the one attempting to get into a small already full taxi after a night in the pub.

Dear reader, you may have noticed that I have included a question mark after the title of today’s post. You see, I thought that I would do another of my This is Not Art things this morning, and I had a look through my photographs to find a suitable image. This one popped out immediately, but then I wasn’t sure if it would really fit into the series – I’m still not sure, even as I type away at this. Hm, no, I’m not a hundred percent… But I will press on and see what transpires.

So, what do we have here?
This shows part of the frontage of a closed down shop in a scruffy part of town. I think the number refers to the flat above the shop. (I wonder what the flat’s like?) I think those screwed on numerals are probably made of brass, but they have not been made in Britain, but in some country where they might use a different alphabet and write their numerals a bit differently from ours. The ‘one’ is a bit too stocky, and the ‘six’ and the ‘two’ are surprisingly ungainly aren’t they? Especially the ‘two’ – just look at it – it looks like it’s about to run off to the left and abandon its pals. That’s a pretty elegant ‘A’ though – I do like its big feet!
The background to the numbers obviously used to be painted bright orange, but has recently been covered in a coat of grey – I wonder if the painter of the grey had blathered the stuff over the numbers, and some sensible person came along later and made them visible again with some carefully applied white? I love the little flecks of orange remaining around them, especially around the ‘A’ – the numbers look like they could be about to burst into flames!
What about that area above the dark grainy wood though? What caught my eye, and persuaded me to snap the picture, were the interesting orange and grey areas up there.
If we were for a moment to imagine the dark wood as depicting the sea, then, yes – look,  we have golden evening sunlight splashing over an impressive iceberg sitting on the horizon – welcome to the Arctic Ocean dear reader!
You could give this the title: Iceberg 162A if you wanted…
For me this has the feel of a work from the late 1950s – early 1960s – British Pop Art: a ‘found objects’ piece – possibly by: Peter Blake, David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Pauline Boty, Eduardo Paolozzi…
Yes, I think we will call this eye-catching piece This is Not Art after all.

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. 37…?

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    This orange/yellow iceberg is on of my favorites…here’s an idea… “This is not art” needs to be published for the readers to go on a scavenger hunt finding these masterpieces in Dulltown.

  2. Brockelman says:

    It’s certainly art, Dave. Your commentary—much more refined than Durand-Ruel’s descriptions of works by artists in his gallery-control—creates artistic context, promotes directly, and increases perceived value. Most of us want to understand an artist’s point of view—why he painted, what she saw, how they felt. Art, well described, is easier to validate, pay for, buy, and hang on our walls. And, from where I sit, 162A is a beautiful capture of a moment and that’s good enough for me. I’m so glad that I found your blog. Cheers!

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