Since high school in '94 I've thought it would be lovely to go to a strange town and do a gallery show with a hundred shots taken the day before in that town of weathered garage doors, down dark alleys, walls palimpsest with invisible graffiti. All blown up to poster size. These scenes are everywhere and they're rarely acknowledged as the beauty they are.
This attention to differences in textures and materials has a substantial genealogy. It is precisely what the Dutch and Spanish still life artists concerned themselves with. Helluva challenge for a painter, and a real chance to show off. Google those terms and you will see paintings depicting glass, bread, fish, wax, copper etc etc.
Speaking of which, I would have preferred 'the artist who paints...' to 'the artist who does.. '. Less ambiguous.
Not sure why you were getting downvoted, maybe people are not reading the article. It clearly talks about them photographing these poles, and in one sentence the artist discusses using the iPhone to do it.
Love these. I've been taking photos of doors, windows and lit windows at night, surrounded by darkness, as well as utility posts bathed in street light, for years. Sometimes we find what we consider to be almost overwhelmingly lovely art in the very spaces or objects that most people ignore day to day. The trick is getting others to appreciate the odd beauty inherent in these same forgotten things.