A few weeks ago I went to Seven Presidents Beach in Long Branch (NJ) on a warm November day to enjoy the ocean. At the end of my day, as I was leaving, I noticed the way the setting sun was intensifying the colors at this construction site not far from the beach. There was something about the different-colored pipes in-between the rust-colored retaining wall that reminded me of some modern art … scroll down for more.

construction site in Long Branch NJ

Here’s a closer look at the details of those vertical multi-colored pipes that I thought were visually interesting. As you can see, the warm glow of the setting sun really intensifies the warm colors:

pipes as abstract art in Long Branch NJ

These vertical “stripes” in the photo reminded me of the paintings of Gene Davis, so I was curious to see what my photo might look like next to a Gene Davis original. So below we have a Photoshopped image, adding my new “pipe painting” on the wall next to a real Gene Davis, as I saw (and photographed) on a trip to Miami last January. The Davis painting is titled “Blue Freak-Out,” 1966, and is in the permanent collection of the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.

a construction photo next to a Gene Davis painting

This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen things out in the world that remind me of Gene Davis … here’s another one from a trip to Washington D.C.

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