The Quintessence of Dust

Quintessence of Dust, 2014

 

Glasgow street art can be very intriguing and slightly odd. This artist recurs in various locations always featuring the pixellated head and enigmatic phrases.

"What piece of work is a man. How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving
 how express and admirable, in action how like an Angel,
 in apprehension how like a god, the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals – and yet to me, what is
 this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me –
 nor Woman neither, though by your smiling you seem
 to say so.” (Hamlet, Act II Scene ii)

There is a melancholic aspect to the design and the quote, taken out of context, has a wonderfully confusing aspect.

Chinese Panda Stencil

Chinese Panda, 2013

A very bold stencil of a panda which I thought was applied by a highly skilled Chinese artist appeared one day in a Glasgow back street. It turns out to be the work of the celebrated local artist Klingatron. I love the scale and technique, large areas of even colour with incredible detail are layered with the top coat in white which is risky since it would need to block out lots of dark grey below. It's an ambitious job which leaves me wondering how the stencils were created and held in place.

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