Mail art postcard No. 4476…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s architectural term is trachelion – the neck of a Greek Doric column, between the shaft-ring and the hypotrachelion, but I suppose you probably knew that already… (D.C.)
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4476 DSCN3539Here is another of my ‘mail art‘ postcards, this one is number 4476 – oh, that sounds like the number of an old British Railways steam locomotive. I just Googled it, and it turned out to be the famous ‘Flying Scotsman‘ – how strangely serendipitous… and not very interesting…
Yes, an A6-sized piece of fluorescent card with stuck-on snippets of images from that cheapskate TV listings magazine ‘What’s On TV’.
Again, I am messing about adding alternative eyes to people’s faces; it’s so easy and yet so visually powerful; as humans we immediately fixate on eyes, we even see them in objects that don’t have eyes, the fronts of cars, because of the pair of eye-like headlights, appear to us as faces, but usually they have unattractive cool and smarmy looks on them. The advertising trade has noticed our preoccupation with eyes and has introduced products with a couple of ‘O’s in the brand name so that they are more ‘eye-catching’, OXO, OMO, Google, Yahoo, etc. Even the word look has eyes, and it is watching us!… Whoa!… But I ramble…
Back to the card – here is Hollywood film star… er… what’s her name?… Oh, but she’s so familiar!… But see how readily we accept those upside down male eyes as hers… She certainly looks a bit nervous, shifty, and suspicious doesn’t she?…

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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