Sunday, October 30, 2005

found abstracts...

Here are three abstracts I found, using our digital camera while on a recent walk in our Toronto Beaches neighbourhood. The top and bottom images are closeups of a rusted dumpster. The middle image is a detail of graffiti on the side of postal distribution box.

I've collected 'found abstracts' in cities such as Amsterdam, Florence and New York over the last twenty-five years. I love their accidental nature and how the layering/removing of colour, shape and texture captures the passage of time. (Posted by John)




9 comments:

Smook said...

That first one looked like an old map of the world with the shipping routes at first glance....at least that what it reminded me of.....I think I better stop drinking now......

Happy Halloween!

Steve Daye said...

Smook! Fancy meeting you here! I agree the top picture looks like a map of the world. The top left corner could easily pass for North America... but it could also pass for a rooster standing on top of a pig...Aw hell I'd better stop drinking too! Cool pictures John! HIC!

UM said...

Yep' looks like a map of the world to me too! I can even see the rooster on the pig. Can't come up with any other ideas, maybe because I'm stone-cold sober.
Cheers to you guys anyhow!

Smook said...

I also see a frog on England, Africa as a crab, and parts of Europe as a giraffe.

the doodlers said...

I was gonna say I saw a choo-choo train, but never mind...

Gee, maybe I should rename this posting 'Found Rorshach Tests.' JVB

Alina Chau said...

These are great!! love them!

FelixSputnik said...

One legged dog with paper streamers,
Fidel castro cutting the innaugural white rainbow with a pair of grey blunt chorizos and
Hank Williams trying to escape from a diagonal tornado on his horse of which only the front exists.

There is a particularly pretty mouldy thing on the wall of the pedestrian tunnel between South Kensington station and the Natural History Museum. Must take a photo next time and show you guys. Have started reading Airborn and am enjoying.

Lovely Sculptures by the way.

Love from London from Shazz and Mook

UM said...

Sharon and Schling are the bee's knees as you know and they put my non-existing imagination exactly where it belongs. My brag is that I know them!... and love 'em too.
Guy Faulks night coming up and you don't know what you're missing.

the doodlers said...

Alina! Thanks for the compliments as always!

Thanks Sharon and Michael for unleashing your limitless imaginations.. swell fancies! And do let us know if there are any innacuracies in Airborne! Thanks also for the comments re the sculpture, coming from you that's a great honour. I'm attempting my first reclining figure and finding it a difficult challenge to say the least!

Uli, Nice of you to visit again. For us Canucks...tell us more about Guy Faulks night..?? you must do a full report on your blog.