Just some things on the kitchen wall…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special colours are: light red, medium red, dark red, medium red, pale blue, medium red, light red, and dark red.

It’s been there a while now, just as it is, there, on my kitchen wall. Of course it started off very simply with just the flag, but that’s been added to – with odd things that I didn’t quite know what to do with, things that it might be interesting to display as ‘conversation pieces’? Things that had a hole in them suited, and things that could be draped easily over something suited too…

DSCN3344I think that I’d better describe it chronologically.
It was an impulse buy. A while ago a tiny shop opened briefly in one of the arcades here in Dulltown; it specialised in imported cute Japanese things, kimonos, knickknacks, printed material, etc. I have always liked the look of those Japanese flags that the old samurais used to have sticking up on poles from behind their backs; flags which didn’t hang attached at one side (at the ‘hoist’ according to Dr Sheldon Cooper in his series ‘Fun with Flags’) in the Western manner, but supported on a stick hanging centrally to facilitate their wagging about in the wind. Anyway, on a whim, I bought this one. I believe its original purpose was to advertise a drumming festival; you can just make out the image of a drum behind that very striking Japanese character. I wonder what it actually says – perhaps it just says ‘Bang!’…
Hanging across the flag is a piece of string with three pinked edged red fabric triangles that say  ‘ho’ on them – a Christmas greeting sent along with a handmade card from a friend of mine two Christmases ago.
That funny black thing at the top Dave, what on earth is it? That rather elegant and puzzling shape is the ‘scratchplate’ or ‘pick guard’ from a 1974 Fender Telecaster guitar which I acquired from somewhere or other. Lovely, isn’t it? (Tele)
Sharing the blue map pin with the other hanging items you can see a small cut-out Santa’s reindeer, designed, I think, as a Christmas tree decoration; it was given to me by a chap up the road who has access to some kind of clever digital wood shaping equipment where he works.
And finally those pieces of dangling blue and brown string; they are just those things that you attach to your reading glasses to hang them around your neck so you don’t lose them when you get a bit absent-minded and doddery… now, where did I put my…?
So, I thought that I’d photograph the assemblage and share it with you dear reader. Although the arrangement was almost randomly produced over a long period, I think it looks surprisingly well composed. How about the way the black Telecaster scratchplate echoes the shape of the bouncing black Japanese character, and the way the reindeer is going in the opposite direction to the thrusting form of the scratchplate? It all looks a bit shrine-like to me… lots of symbols, and possibly even has some kind of obscure ‘meaning’… Is this surrealism?…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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