I love this local sculpture only when it is in a state of refurbishment. It's very interesting to see the poor tree-guy trapped inside a secure tent and trying to poke a hole in the roof with his branch arms. Much less interesting when he isn't. Maybe they should leave it like this permanently. No chance of that I suppose... The council would never recognise accidental great art when they see it.
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.
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.
I love this poster from the Gunnersbury area in London. It really messes with my head but I guess it helps if you are old enough to know who the pictures represent. I suppose it is also necessary to know the ridiculous new artists named in the text. The whole thing then becomes a value comparison for the generations. Which is worse, text or image?
Lennon and Streisand obviously don't fit because of their huge artistic integrity!
I am almost convinced this isn't art but it sure does look like it, especially as it is in the corridor of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. We were standing looking at a large Sol Le Witt drawing on the opposite wall when we noticed this. I just wonder what was going on at the top of the ladder? Name the artist who could have created this little installation.