2/18/2005
 
Awful Hallway Art #3
If it's hanging in the communal hallway, it's fair game...


Bang or a Whimper
(Oil on canvas)

It took me a few minutes to figure out exactly what I hated about this painting. Initially I thought it was an abstract work, but as my poor eyes began to focus I realised it was in fact “representational”. Fireworks. Must be. Either Johni painted this in real time as he watched a display or he rendered it from a photo. My money’s on the latter. We’re lucky he didn’t include his wife’s blurred shoulder in the foreground.

Oh, the composition. So static. So dull. Dear God, Johni can make even explosions look pedestrian.
 

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