12″ x 16″ This piece is unframed.
Masters finds order and structure in this gritty view. The geometric shapes of the buildings, windows, and chimneys play off each other continuously until our eye is slowed by the tight green lattice of the porch, where we discover the TV SERVICE sign. The enigmatic pole makes another appearance, this time standing forward of the buildings, leading the eye to the pigeons, while its shadow points back to the porch. The open spaces of the sky and parking lot relive the clutter, preventing 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 also 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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