Fake Painting with Real Fake Polyurethane Wood Frame
If any of you have touched a prop from a movie, you've probably been surprised at just how lightweight and fake it feels. This 20 x 16 inch "painting" has that patina of fakery about it, and cartoonish proportions to boot, yet it is intended to hang on the walls of otherwise sensible homes. This is no smug & ironic statement about art. It's the real thing... the real fake thing.
Not everyone can own an artist's original. That's okay since we live in a world where a print or a poster is also perfectly acceptable to hang on your wall as art. Add an understated frame and you've got something.
But then there's stuff like this... a landscape printed onto textured card surrounded by a 3" thick polyurethane simulated wood frame. Honestly the most authentic thing about this painting is the exposed rusty nails that sort of hold it all together in the back.
I don't want to spend too much time on the "painting" itself - maybe you're a person who hates the rule of thirds and loves poplar trees, so I won't be too critical. It's the polyurethane fake wood that I find fascinating. Let's see what's in the "pro" column. It's lighter than real wood, so you can hang this up even on the walls of your gingerbread house. It also must have been terribly, terribly cheap to manufacture - and cheap enough to make it worth hanging up this nastiness in a home.
Negative points? How about the whole "hideously ugly" thing? The bucolic scene is ensconced in what's supposed to look like rough hewn wood, but it could just as easily be a neighborhood haunted house prop. I hate to say this but it reminds me a lot of the sort of "quick fix" aesthetics you see in today's home improvement TV shows. Too many times the experts advocate gaudy fascia instead of addressing the underlying problem. This approach doesn't value lasting quality or evolving aesthetics. I guess that eventually all of our houses will fall apart leaving only a shell of marble-printed formica and petrified Liquid Nails.