Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Art Nemesis

We have a new painting in our entrance way (at work, not home!) and I hate it. I despise it. I loath it. Every time I walk past it, it offends me and I glower at it.

Its on loan from the Arts Council (cheers!) because the art that was there before went on tour. I can't remember the one that was there before - I think it was another abstract thing but somehow that one didn't offend me so much.

I'm not normally against abstract art - in fact I often prefer modern stuff to the Old Masters. But there is just something about this that annoys me. I think it might be its sheer blandness. It doesn't shock me, it doesn't make me think about anything, it really is just a series of squiggles. If they were aesthetically pleasing squiggles I wouldn't mind but they aren't.

I tried to look it up on the internet to see if I could find out any information about the artist Jack Smith (know thee enemy etc) but could only find references to an experimental film-maker of that name. Not sure if its the same guy, but if it is, he should have stuff with the moving image.


M said...

Maybe the Arts Council hated it too, and that's why it's on your wall now and not theirs. :)

SandDancer said...

Good point! Although considering they seem to have no real interest or concern for art, I think it might fit in well in their offices. They are the masters of needless bureaucracy and red-tape.

We do have some lovely old theatre posters and drawings of opera houses elsewhere which are much better.