Plastic rainbows

I love these ‘Assemblages’ by the artist Martin Waters.

Yellow Stripe Assemblage by Martin Waters
Image source: Martin Waters website
Assemblage by Martin Waters
Image source: Martin Waters website
Faded Strata Assemblage by Martin Waters
Image Source: Martin Waters website

Apparently they’re made from objects washed up on the coast at the Humber Estuary. Which puts a slightly different spin on them – they’re still beautiful, but also a reminder of how much plastic rubbish we’re putting into the sea.

The layout reminds me of Patrick Heron’s stripe paintings:

Horizontal Stripe Painting by Patrick Heron
Horizontal Stripe Painting by Patrick Heron
Patrick Heron Vertical Light
Patrick Heron Vertical Light

I love Patrick Heron so much, if I was a Russian oil billionaire I would have a painting by him in every room. Much better than buying rubbish football teams and multiple mega yachts.

There’s an amusing obituary of him (if that’s not a contradiction) by Adrian Searle, which you can read here – Heron is described as being dressed in ‘clashing shades of acrylic knitwear’ and a ‘lurid purple scarf’, which sounds fitting.

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3 thoughts on “Plastic rainbows

  1. mart December 14, 2011 / 10:35 PM

    thanks , glad you liked them. Martin

  2. ooobop! November 17, 2011 / 5:03 PM

    I love these, Karen. And I agree with your thoughts on being a billionaire. Art is such a pleasurable investment!

    • yesilikethat November 19, 2011 / 12:46 PM

      Definitely. I am so envious when I read profiles of people who have Picassos scattered casually around their house. I would never be able to drink a cup of tea in the same room as a valuable work of art though, in case some kind of freak spillage occurred.

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