Sadly, it seems I’ve been spending more time behind the wheel than in front of my easel this summer.
Happily, there’s something to see while driving about. I’ve particularly enjoyed the local street art the intersection of Stockton and Taylor where there is a sad concrete underpass. Someone had noticed it was in desperate in need of some humanizing! For me, this spot combines color field painting with elements of urban landscape. The fences, signs, power lines and structures speak of human activity while the paste-ups or “wheaties” sing of the human spirit. I like how all this contrasts with the very sparse representation of nature (the fluttering pigeon, the shadow of a tree, the clump of dying grass in a crack).
My thanks to the anonymous artists who see an opportunity for the sublime in ugliness!
Vintage shell lady is a secret Wonder Woman wannabe! Photo Marie Cameron 2012.
I guess I have a thing for Wonder Woman too. I had taken a photograph of this street art image of her in San Francisco in the late 90s and had cropped it down to the minimal essentials of the portrait, the eyes and the crown – stopping just before it would have crossed over to abstraction. It’s a tiny image in a small frame and I think it has some of the same qualities of a reliquary, something you might meditate on to remind you of a higher power. In the face of all I need to do in a day (today it was crawling about the roof cleaning out the rain gutters before the storm and getting off an international painting shipment) I feel the need to tap into my inner Wonder Woman. I’ll take a pass on the metal bra but I sure could use the magic lasso and, what to you know, I’m already wearing the red boots!
Wonder Woman street art as religious reliquary. Photo Marie Cameron 2012.