When You Rip Up Old Carpet, Sometimes You Find Art Treasures.
There was a consensus among the artists in Studio 121 that the nasty, 60’s era, pink carpet had to go. It was a real eyesore. Not to mention that it reflected pink light into our paintings and photographs.
So out came the carpet! I was amazed at how much better the floor looked – even with the raw concrete and all of the glue and exposed gunk. Anything is better than that awful carpet!
As I scrutinized where the carpet once resided, I began to see wonderful patterns and designs in the exposed floor. There was almost a sort of historical, architectural documentation of the building’s past. I saw floor designs of past owners and tenants and paint colors no longer in style. There were even a few fossilized fragments of shag carpeting.
And now there are all of these wonderful little abstract paintings in the floor.
Since we were planning to paint the gallery floor black, I thought it might be a good idea to preserve my abstract designs. Earlier, I mentioned to my studio mates about leaving little exposed paintings in the floor which would be framed by the black paint. No one liked my idea…
I got out my camera and searched for compositions. I shot 16 but could have shot double or triple that. I did minimal editing. I boosted saturation in some and sharpened others. It is always surprising to me – the unexpected sources of visual imagery.
Now the floor is black. It looks great and serves our artwork well. One day it will be just another layer of history – art history, that is.
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- March 11, 2011 / 8:13 am