Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Huge Hungry BLUE NOTES Escape Tampa Building

Has a fresh coat of paint on an office building ever stopped you cold in your tracks? Or made you skid to a stop in your car? I was in our downtown, on brick-covered Franklin Street, when I approached Tyler. (Many of our earliest streets are named for U.S. presidents such as Madison, Polk, Jackson, Harrison, etc. Kennedy didn’t come until much later.) I was noticing several attractive additions to our restaurant and bar scene. Just then I glanced to my left and literally did a double-take. One of the fine, solid old brick office buildings, probably built in the 1930s or so, was sporting an incredible new coat of paint. But ripping away from the roof and splitting the entire brick wall at the building’s corner was a horrible, almost ghoulish gash. A lava-like flow seemed to be coming from the opening and was drooling toward the sidewalk below. Huge, giant Blue Notes were escaping from the hole and rushing out in every direction. It was just too cool. Not only had I never seen this painting but had to really work to learn who was responsible for this creepy and chaotic scene in our business district.

Terry Klaaren, the artist (KlaarenArt.com) is extremely talented and has paintings and murals in several locations in the Tampa Bay area (including 80 Hillsborough and Pasco county schools) as well as in Texas and Utah. He has a studio in Tampa but has completed several "plein air" paintings while traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Currently he is exhibiting at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Arc Gallery. His outdoor murals are simply fascinating and so well conceived and executed. Klaaren’s murals are in private collections and numerous companies and public institutions… including an unsuspecting three-story building in Tampa’s downtown, just blocks from the new Tampa Museum of Art, which is under construction. Like ants that march through any opening, the ravenous Blue Notes might be making their way right now to the new museum’s riverfront site and burrowing into the foundation. Can’t anyone stop them?

What is the world of visual and performing arts coming to? Sweet, dear, harmonious notes of music gone mad. And very blue.

13 comments:

Jacob said...

That is splendiforous! I, too, did a double-take looking at the photo...it is so realistic. It's one of those pictures you can stare at for a long time...so much to absorb. Striking for sure. Hope it doesn't cause too many car accidents!

Hilda said...

That is sooo fun!

Vogon Poet said...

More trompe-l'œil than mural, and this is intended as a compliment.
Very effective and well made, this is an amazing piece of work.

B Squared said...

Never saw a commissioned mural that I didn't like. They add so much to an urban area.

Lois said...

That is so cool! I will have to show that to my daughter, who is a high school band director. She will love it!

Corker2 said...

Now, that's a rather interesting Photo. I, even, had to take a second look to see if it was what I'm seeing. It's a darn good Painting. It sure is something different.

Tash said...

this is really terrific! You've really captured it's best side.

Anonymous said...

Nothing makes life worth living like reading positive comments on one's work...Thanks for making my day!!!Klaaren (by the way, this used to be Cutro's Music store)

Anonymous said...

let's just say it was Abbey Dohring and the Commercial RealEstate Women of Tampa who envisioned a more fun and revitalized downtown Tampa; they gave Terry Klaaren use of a crane to get up there and within two afternoons he let loose! Now go to Sligh Middle School (22nd St at Sligh Ave) and see how he lifted up the spirits of students and admin at this blah oatmeal colored school building....
wind up Klaaren and let him go...

Anonymous said...

What can you say? Klaaren's artwork and style are "PHENOM!" His talent and eye go a LONG way. He is one that deserves a bigger canvas than a corner building for Florida to notice Tampa's best kept secret. Give him a Dome or City Buildings Tampa. He brings class to an old town. Kudo's!!

Anonymous said...

Incedible! such a talented artist.
Sure breaths new life into an old building.
Roxanne

Nikki Beaumont said...

I love this mural. How fun! It is so fresh and imaginative and colorful and creepy. Love that the creepiness was added. Bonus! Not many murals get the creepy award.

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