That picture you see above is my fave painting. I guess it’s not technically a painting but I don’t know what to call it. It’s more like a black and white picture that has been printed in dark brown on a beige fabric. If someone knows what this style of art is called, please enlighten me.
I’ve had this thing for a long time, almost 20 years. I got it at a thrift store when I was about 20. Since then, my tastes have changed numerous times so I’ve gone through a great many pieces of art, but this one has always made the grade. I loved this one the second I saw it, and I still love it now. I tried to find a similar image online but had no luck so I thought it would be a good idea to document the thing here in case it is ever destroyed in a blaze or something equally awful.
I like this piece for a number of reasons. I like how stark it is, both in terms of its subject and its execution. I mean, a dead tree on a hill is pretty fucking stark, and it’s two-tone colour scheme makes it feel a little like an overexposed photograph.
But I like that it also doesn’t overstate anything. It’s just a dead tree, which I feel is tastefully stark — it seems too easy for most pieces of dead tree art to incorporate a noose, or a full moon, or a spooky fucking ghost into it, and turn themselves into silly goth things. Do an image search for ‘dead tree art’ and most of the stuff you’ll find is goofy shit like that. I think this piece quietly suggests morose things, but ultimately leaves that interpretation up to the person viewing it.
I also like how obviously 60s/70s it is. This fabric print thing screams that era to me, the beige/brown combo screams it, and the matching dark brown frame accentuates it.
This piece gives me the same feeling that my fave Doors songs do: it’s like a haunting, sad, creepy, vague snapshot of a bygone era. For my money, you just can’t beat that.
I often wonder what other people think of this piece, even though I know that even people who share my tastes may not dig it. It’s impossible to predict what anyone else will like. But I think it’s so great in so many ways that I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. That’s a nice feeling to have about something that has been hanging in your house for 20 years. I really got lucky when I stumbled across this thing.