Rothko Walls - The Aesthetics of the Unintentional

'Rothko Walls' are evidence left behind once graffiti of some sort has been removed; they are called into existence by a lack of thoroughness in the removal process, that results in free floating geometric shapes habitually only a slightly different shade of colour from that of the original wall, layered on top of each other creating imagery that could be considered reminiscent of the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. The creators of these expanses of colour are assumably unaware of there creative achievements, while undergoing the task of removing some kind of graffiti/street art they could possibly be creating another form of art, that of the unintentional. The Photographs I have taken have been featured in It's Nice That, The Huffington Post and Time Out. Prints are available for purchase here and here

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Screen grabs of 'Rothko Walls' found on Google Maps Street view.

Intentionally created Unitentional marks

Grand Theft Auto 5 is a computer game in which the gameplay focuses on an open world where the player can choose missions to progress an overall story, as well as engaging in side activities. As a character you are able to take photographs on a smart phone, exploring the city I discovered that the developers, intent on creating a realistic city scape, had included 'Rothko walls'. By doing this they have intentionally created an unintentional form. These are some selected photographs I took inside the virtual world.