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

Google Maps

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.

Ways of Seeing

These screen shots are the chance occurrences of 'Rothko walls' I have noticed whilst watching skateboard videos on the Thrasher website. The observation of these brings about a different way of watching skateboard videos for me, in much the same way as a skateboarder would see at a bench or banked wall differently to other people. It has to do with perception, a particular way of seeing. Screen grabbing the video, whilst it is in motion, I am attempting to document the marks on the wall as well as possible, rather than capturing the skateboarder in a conventionally photographed position. The aesthetics are determined by faithfully trying to capture the wall as clear as possible, with little interruption.

Submitted Rothko Walls

Rothkos Walls submitted by the public. If you would like to send me you finds please email them to me.