On a recent trip to Healdsburg, I stopped in at my favorite gallery there (Erickson Fine Art Gallery). There is a set of stairs there covered in galvanized sheet metal. As I was leaving, I noticed a bold pattern of light and shadow that looked like art to me.
Last Saturday, on a visit to Berkeley on the way home from San Francisco, I stopped at a number of pottery studios, as it was the weekend of one of the annual open house events at the Berkeley Potter's Guild. I liked the look of one of the kilns. A simple, geometric composition. Found art.
It's not often that you see an old-fashioned air conditioner pushed into a window around here. It's not hot enough at night. I remember these mostly from New York, long ago. This one, in a San Anselmo store window, has been battered about rather thoroughly, but the crushed vanes created a rather interesting pattern, I thought. Found art.
I'm not sure exactly what this was meant to be. I saw it outside a store in San Anselmo not long ago. A carved and painted section of a log. Not a sculpture. It seemed to have once been part of a display for the store it sat in front of. It looked like art to me.
I saw green stripes like this one painted over the ends of the white lines separating parking spaces in a local parking lot. I don't know what they mean, but I liked the look of them, A splash of color against the grey, white, and black backdrop of the parking lot.
More painted-over graffiti in Berkeley. This time, in shades of red. I wonder why people that paint buildings don't set aside paint of the same color as the original paint job to cover up graffiti? They always seem to be groping for the right color and never finding it. Inadvertently, they create art.
Roadway arrows fascinate me. I don't know why. These two must have seemed confident and assertive when new. Now they are old and worn away, one overlaid with the other, this second one a newer, younger arrow that itself has faded. Looked like art to me.
On a recent trip to Berkeley, I came upon this painted design on the sidewalk. It appears to be a symbol of some sort. Is some meaning unknown to me intended? It is in a code I cannot read? I don't know, but I liked the look of it. Found art.
I happened to walk by a battered black truck the other day. Virtually no surface left unscratched, but with the raised areas more scratched than the lower areas--creating abstract patterns like this one. Found art.
A plastered wall at the mission in Carmel. I visited last summer. This was among my photographs. Plaster applied for purely practical reasons. Paint swirled in, or swirled over the plaster. Much appears to have been rubbed away. Whatever the history of this piece of wall, it looked like art to me. Found art.