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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk, the long suffering.

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Ellsworth Kelly

Serpentine Gallery Kensington Gardens London 19 March 2006

Ellsworth Kelly’s recent work is featured at the Serpentine Gallery, in Hyde Park.

It is good to see my favourite Gallery space, free of the installation clutter that has transformed the gallery in recent shows; the gallery is now back to basic white walls as god intended, and thus serves Ellsworth Kelly’s abstract paintings perfectly, and satisfyingly.

However the show is somewhat insubstantial We invested in 40 minutes of pay and display, but after 10 minutes in the gallery we had absorbed everything that the show had to offer, which included a reading of the Galleries explanation of what we were about to see.

They wrote, in case it was not obvious from what we were about to see that, “Ellsworth Kelly is among the greatest living artists”

“OK”, we said, “but what else have you to say about the content of these particular paintings?”

“Ellsworth Kelly is among the greatest living artists, and he pioneered a vital abstract aesthetic”, said the gallery and not much else.

Each painting consisted of simple arrangements of plain rectangles or other simple shapes of primary colours or white, and each were named simply after the colours they featured

We examined each room and each painting in turn, and looked at each label of each painting, and noted the simple descriptive title. Blue Black Red, and so on.

Yes, these were abstract paintings all right.

We used up the remainder of our pay and display investment by photographing trees and shadows in Kensington Gardens, and Mrs Monk noticed a yellow tropical parrot high up in a plane tree. The bird attracted a large crowd of onlookers, all of whom were perhaps wondering if it had escaped from London Zoo.

Ellsworth Kelly, 10 Minutes, Parrot, 15 minutes.         Shoestring Chronicle

Blue Black Green after Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, 10 Minutes, Parrot, 15 minutes

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Green Sock Blue Sock

19 March 2006

As an old man who wears sandals in the winter, I am quite used to being reminded of just how uncool that is and I get a great deal of pleasure from outraging young people who are particularly horrified by such a sight. Such a man is rendered yet more horrifying if you add the extra dimension of exposed stockings, which secures such palpable derision at sophisticated shopping centres like Lakeside, that I sometimes fear that I have gone too far.

Today however, with the simple accidental but expedient use of contrasting socks, I think you will agree that I have transcended into the fashion elite. I call this look, Green Sock, Blue Sock.                Shoestring Chronicle