This is not art. No.15…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, who appears as a woman wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt, holding a shield and crossed arrows, is the goddess Neith. Her associations are: creator-goddess, warfare, and weaving. I’m glad she manages to find the time to do a bit of weaving too, considering all her other commitments… (Neith)

This subtle and intriguing large-scale work which incorporates paint and mixed-media is best appreciated outdoors in the city environment rather than in the often sterile rectilinear cold prisms of the gallery; the carefully controlled unyielding colour temperature of the lighting in these establishments would not give the vibrancy of the pigments used in this piece the chance to ‘breath’, as it does under the changes in natural light, as the day proceeds from dawn until dusk, as the sky shines and then dims, and will petulantly cloud at the whim of seasonal and serendipitous urban meteorology.
It is, without saying, a masterpiece of composition; the overwhelming horizonal (yes, this is a word) relentless stratified banding, the grey matt under-shadowed substrate for the playful and enigmatic golden text floats above the blue on its bed of darkness as a distant hard and possibly unwelcoming land beyond the flat, but gently rippling ocean – will we be welcomed with tropical fruit by the Vegeta folk, or will we be rebuffed, and our ship turned back to roam the seas forever in search of safe aesthetic harbour?… Oh, look, is that pale blue rectangle, floating, shimmering, caught by the sun, another rejected vessel forced back to sea, or is it a small Vegeta outrigger sailing out to greet us with garlands of flowers?… We don’t know…

Yes, this is the front of a closed down fruit and veg shop near where I live here in Dulltown – nice colours aren’t they?…

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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13 Responses to This is not art. No.15…

  1. Its beautiful, yes…..lovely shades. I thought it was somewhat exotic the way they spelled it as “Vegeta”, but then saw that the remaining letters had been worn away. Ah, never mind….it will be “Vegeta” from now on. “Just popping out to collect some vegeta, dear, won’t be long” There that sounds nicer! 😀

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Yes, ‘vegeta’ is great isn’t it? Let’s start using it from now on! In a year or two you’ll hear it on the telly cookery programmes… I have already added it to my spell checker…

  2. Dana Doran says:

    You have proved your point – if only to me….moreover, it explains – well, a lot about “the art world.”

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Did you do Latin at school, Dave?

  4. Jheron Bash says:

    Actually, I just realised that declension is wrong. It should be:
    Vegetat !

  5. Another good one. Post and art. Yes, it’s art. To me.

  6. memadtwo says:

    That is one wonderful blue. So of course it’s art. (K)

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