It’s an impromptu arts post for today as I haven’t done one for a while. I thought I’d share some photos from my archives. As usually happens when I’m searching for a particular photo I can never find, I come across another photo I was looking for that I couldn’t find, then I forget what I was looking for in the first place.
Thereby, I stumbled across these shots of a piece of art I was quite taken by whilst mooching around the Summer Exhibition in 2017 (Royal Academy of Arts, London).
Yes, it is as it appears, a painting on a piece of toast. Depicting snowcapped alps in the foreground against a dark sky background. And yes, the orange dot does mean it is sold. How on earth is it preserved? It’s toast, how can it be? Surely it’s ephemeral, and will deteriorate as old toast inevitably does. But what will happen to the painting on top of it? Who knows? The buyer clearly didn’t care. The artist took a risk and it paid off, literally.
Stuff like this charms the pants off me. I like the classical fine arts but I do love a cheeky turn-it-on-its-head piece too. It reminds me of the reason I always turn to art-making. That it can be made from anything. That no material is safe when the artist is around. That anything has the potential to become art depending on the slant you give it (or it shows you).
Also, here’s some street art for you…
An example of knittifi. Basically, graffiti in the form of knitting. It appears overnight and may grace railings, public sculptures or lamp posts (as above). Sometimes it stays and weathers away, sometimes it disappears again overnight.
Someone was getting rid of a mattress. The next day I walked past this, someone else had sprayed a pretty Arabesque pattern across the face of it. I love that someone cared enough to do that. The next day it was gone.
The original street art, created overnight by artist spider unknown, nature’s geometry sunlit the next morning. Je l’adore.
Have there been any quirky works of art you’ve come across in your time? If so, do share. I’d love to hear about them 🙂
First, you must cook up some fitting concept then decide on your medium. For example…
You may acquire a large blank canvas. Somewhere in the white expanse, smudge a thumb print of paint then declare it finished. Entitle the piece “Wanderer in a Sea of Fog.”
Get a large cardboard box. Rough it up a bit. Place it in the centre of the gallery space. Entitle the piece “Home Sweet Home.”
Bring your pet chinchilla (or chihuahua or cat or goat, etc.) to the gallery space and just hang out on the floor somewhere. If anyone asks, tell them you are doing a performance piece exploring the relationship between man and beast.
Hang a large curtain above an exit door somewhere in the gallery. Entitle the piece “The Final Curtain.”
Throw an inordinate amount of paint at an enormous canvas whilst paying no heed if it also goes all over the surrounding walls and ceiling. Call the piece “Chaos Theory.”
Acquire a large plastic blow-up animal, for example, a pig, and blow it up. Hang it suspended somewhere in the gallery space. Entitle the piece “The Physical Impossibility of Flight in the Mind of Someone at the Mercy of Gravity.” Underneath don’t write your name, write Damian Hirst.
Sit in the gallery space with your guitar and play as badly as you want for as long as you can with an empty cap placed somewhere in front of you. Do this earnestly and see if gallery visitors give you any money or come and watch assuming you are doing a performance piece. Do this until security moves you on. Even if the gallery disapprove, this makes the work more notorious, and in itself it becomes a protest piece against the elitist nature of the art world.
Failing the above, do a Banksy and bring in your own framed painting and hang it on an unsuspecting piece of wall until someone notices.