12″ x 16″ This piece is unframed.
Masters finds order and structure in this gritty rear-view of a row of buildings in Maplewood, Missouri. The geometric shapes of the walls, windows, and chimneys play off each other until our eye is slowed by the green lattice of the porch, where we discover the staircase and TV SERVICE sign. The enigmatic pole makes another appearance, this time standing in the parking lot, leading the eye to the pigeons, while its shadow points back to the porch. The open spaces of the sky and parking lot prevent the architecture from overwhelming the picture. The pigeon in flight breathes further life into the scene while the wisps of smoke confirm the viability of the businesses within. The MHS ’79 graffito below the NO PARKING sign, written by a graduating senior at Maplewood High School, might double as the date of the painting: Masters signed it straight across the parking lot in the weeds near the porch.
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