modern art?

I need the help of an English person or an intelligent person (I am not implying that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive). Whenever I go to London to write an exam I see a poster all over the tube stations that makes no sense to me. It is a plain white poster with the following writing:

Off to work


(nylon uniform).

And in tiny writing at the bottom of the poster: art on the underground.

What the crap does that mean? And why is it art? Can anyone explain it to me? I put my bewilderment down to my complete lack of culture or lack of Englishness. One of the two.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Being Brazen
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 13:14:00

    odd…very odd….take a photo of it.Are there anymore around?? Is it like a series of pictures or just one picture hanging out on its own?Who can really judge art – after all – its “art”heehee


  2. sleepyjane
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 13:31:00

    I don’t get it either. Although now I’m curious as to what it means. Mmmm….


  3. LadyFi
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 14:06:00

    I’m British and intelligent – and really modest too! I love all things eccentric … but even in my book this is kind of weird…My interpretation of this is as follows – choose the option you like best:1. You use your imagination to create a picture to go along with the words, and that is why it is art – and highly personalized.2. It is the first part in a cliffhanger and next week, the second part will appear thus explaining the mysterious white poster…3. It is a load of bollocks and just goes to prove how silly London Transport is to pay thousands and thousands of pounds for such a load of bull.


  4. Kitty Cat
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 14:41:00

    I’m an artist and that makes no sense to me. I get some “modern” art – it’s about making a statement, and making people think and see things in a new way, but THAT makes no sense at all. Take a pic, like Brazen says, and let us have a look.


  5. MidniteGem
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 15:05:00

    I wonder the very same thing when i see that poster! and then why do they have like 10 in a row ?!?!It is only text and those posters have been around for like 6 months! it annoys me everytime i see them.


  6. Dash
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 15:11:00

    its very clever, because it has you talking about it. however, its not so clever as to explain what it is its encouraging you to talk about. kind of like the geniuses responsible for the titanic. cool idea, but momumentally flawed.


  7. LadyFi
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 16:09:00

    Very off topic: but have you seen that Miriam Makeba died last night? Very sad.


  8. Tamara
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 16:26:00

    Maybe it’s just there to piss you off?


  9. Rox
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 17:42:00

    Ignore it, I bet it’s just out to mess with your head.


  10. po
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 17:55:00

    Being brazen: good idea, I have another exam this week I will try take a photosleepyjane: It is so cryptic. What is a nylon uniform?ladyfi: I thought you could crack it! Um, I try to make a picture with my eyes but it doesn’t work.kitty cat: I keep feeling that it is a reference to some aspect of English culture I know nothing about.


  11. po
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 17:58:00

    midnite gem: so it is not just me! Well there clearly does not seem to be a sequence going on.dash: Maybe there is something monumental we are missing here. Or maybe the point is exactly this: to trick us into thinking it means something.ladyfi: no I didn’t know. Really? Very sad, I loooved the click song.Tamara: I am starting to suspect that!rox: it is so hard to ignore because it is everywhere!


  12. Sunrise
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 19:33:00

    I dunno,, just dunno…


  13. po
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 21:46:00

    sunrise: Do you wear a nylon uniform to work?


  14. 6000
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 20:15:00

    That’s gonna cause static issues, surely?


  15. po
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 20:34:00

    6000: I was relying on you to crack this mystery. Static, yes. Um. Still not getting the stupid poster.


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