The Pigeons Foul the Gear

Nothing breaks a bike messenger’s heart more than to see his seats fowled in this manner. These London pigeons are really no better than rats:

Patrick Dalton, Shit London, KK Outlet
Patrick Dalton, Shit London, KK Outlet

Sorry if it’s gross. Just imagine it is paint. Sort of a Jackson Pollock thing, whose work I’ve never quite appreciated until I read of his indirect contribution to the Cold Painting War:

Some posthumous exhibitions of Pollock’s work were sponsored by the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an organization to promote American culture and values backed by the CIA.

Autumn Rhythm, by Jackson Pollock
Autumn Rhythm, by Jackson Pollock

Certain left-wing scholars, most prominently Eva Cockcroft, argue that the U.S. government and wealthy elite embraced Pollock and abstract expressionism in order to place the United States firmly in the forefront of global art and devalue socialist realism. In the words of Cockcroft, Pollock became a “weapon of the Cold War.”

Have I ever told you I’m a big Pollock fan?

6 thoughts on “The Pigeons Foul the Gear”

  1. Abstract art is a visual concept that expresses the artist’s feelings of the moment.

    I have been to numerous art fairs and galleries, one of which (Autumn last year) was a mixture of student projects mixed with known established artists. One of my favourite things at such venues is to stand and ‘ear-wig’ arty-farty conversations of the so-called expert critics, (who rarely paint them selves). They spout out terms that are for their use and understanding only, which to the layman is known as ‘utter bollox’.

    Generally such paintings are simply numbered with the price pencilled alongside so as not to reveal the name of the artist. Thus allowing students the gratuity of the sale as well as the gravitas to stand along side known artists; which is a pretty brave thing to do in such a dog eat dog world.
    Should a student make their mark and continue to produce work that will one day establish themselves, they are then expected to reciprocate in kind later in life.

    I am not an expert, I rely upon my brain pattern and my mood swing when I view such art, and perhaps from a viewing of 100 pieces I may only find several appealing.

    The link that follows drops you straight into the world of the abstract, some of which I find too odd or peculiar to stomach; but that is the appeal, as one mans artist is another mans impostor.

    I also think Jackson Pollock did ‘some’ pretty amazing work, which has stood up to the test of time, even though he was influenced by Pablo Picasso!

    (Pablo Picasso surprised a burglar in his art studio. The intruder got away, but Picasso told the police he could do a rough sketch of what he looked like. On the basis of his drawing, the police arrested the minister of finance, a washing machine, a mother superior, and the Eiffel tower)!

    Yours Aye.

  2. A young friend of ours works in OKC for the Federal government as a trapper. One of his jobs is to keep pigeons away from populated areas – where the pigeons cause problems like the above photo (although, the pigeons do some nice art work). He takes care of other critters in the City as well.

    1. Lou

      Trafalgar Square in London is a beautiful place to meet up with friends and family, a great start point for an adventure around the capital.

      It was a hideous place to be caught up in when the japanese tourists descended with their seed-feed for the pigeons. The Local Mayor declared war on the pigeons as well as the mess they left behind as it was deteriorating the monuments.

      Step forward this man and natures solution…

      The mere presence was the deterrent.


      1. How cool is that! I will tell my friend he needs to get a falcon!

        I have been to Trafalgar Square once. We were flying to Italy and switching planes in London. The person who made our plane reservations messed up on the times. We flew into London early in the morning, thinking that we were to fly out at 9:00 AM, but it was PM instead. Since we had some time to kill we hopped on the Gatwick Express and arrived at Trafalgar Square. We took off on foot to see as much as we could in a few hours, which was quite a lot.

  3. Yes, indeed, Ex Bootneck…and I have to say with the view of abstract art you presented us a colorful and interpretive examples…not bad really…and as has been indicated, artistic endeavor is all too personal and probably a total waste of a useful day…k

  4. EB: I love that falcon, that is a perfect solution. As for modern art, my mother was an art major and I’ve traipsed many, many museums. Truly, I am not much of a fan of the abstract.
    Lou: That is an interesting job. I used to love that show on Discovery that featured Mike Masters. It was called Verminators.
    Kris: They are colorful. I’ll give you that.

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