The doors of perception

I’ve been a fan of Gary Hume’s work since I first saw a piece of his called Four Subtle Doors in an east end gallery about twelve years ago. One of the things that drew me to the work was that it was rendered in household gloss; as an ex-painter and decorator I’m always interested in those artists who use everyday materials. Hume’s doors are based on the swing-type pairs you get in hospital corridors, which is where the metaphysics kick in – opening and closings on life and death: exhibition here. The four subtle doors were tendered in one (subtle) colour, the markings of the windows and touch and kick-plates were described in relief. They were rather perfect, in my view, conceptually intact, because gloss paint tends to build up it’s own edges and contours over years of redecorating – a door in a Victorian house ought to have as many ridges and dimples as Bet, the barmaid at the Rovers in Corrie, whose ninetieth birthday is coming up soon.

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5 Responses to The doors of perception

  1. makemeadiva says:

    Victorian doors with the layering would be interesting. The Edwardian colours that have been uncovered here might be considered to be extraordinarily revolting in today’s market.

    Doors are interesting anyway. Apart from those ridiculously narrow UPVC replacement ones that make me feel claustrophobic just looking at them.

  2. Stephen Foster says:

    Doors are indeed interesting.

    The only thing worse than UVPC doors is UVPC windows, but on reflection, perhaps they are just as bad as each other with their absence of patina and their beads of aluminium double-glazing edging and their black rubberised strips of sealant stuff.

    This thread could lead onto Mastic.

  3. Patty Gross says:

    My British/American sister who resides in Dorset, writes music, paints, all those things I coudn’t do if my life depended on it. I love her though and thought I might send you a sampling of one of her abstract works. I don’t understand it a bit, but like the bright and vibrant colors. Here is the link (if I’m not supposed to do this, please advise.)

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