Decalcomania for Idiots…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: incorrigible, zygomorphic, cruddy, barycentric, autotrophic, ecaudate, gauzy, and porky.

Yes, whenever I show you one of my decalcomania monoprints, monotypes, I usually put the lovely word ‘decalcomania’ into the title of the post – just to arouse curiosity – you don’t see the word bandied around much do you? Today I thought that I’d add the word ‘idiots’ too – that also is a pretty eye-catching and intriguing word – there are shelves full of really helpful instruction books with ‘… for idiots‘ and ‘… for dummies‘ in the shops.
Ah, it now looks like I am about to instruct you on how I make these unusual fine art prints, but I’m not, I’m just going to waffle on about one of them in particular – if you’d like to know how I do these, and how you could try this form of printing yourself, you could look at an earlier post of mine which explains all. (click here)

Decalcomania monoprint. 2010. Black acrylic paint and pencil on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″.

There you go! What about this one?
Crisp, and monolithic, isn’t he? Well, I say ‘he’ – is this a ‘he’ – we evolved apes always like to see things in human form if we can, it’s hardwired into us through evolution isn’t it? Or, is this just the letter, and enigmatic number, Pi?… Me, I don’t mind either way – that’s not my department, it’s yours dear reader – you are the observer, it’s nothing to do with me what you make of the stuff I turn out…
Oh, Dave, this piece is so so poignant – it is the essence of mankind’s suffering! Oh, you are such a sensitive soul Dave – I was almost in floods of tears and gasping for breath when I first glimpsed this remarkable and meaningful work – I would buy it, and have it in my home, but I couldn’t possibly live with the constant heart-rending beauty of the precious thing – even if I were in a different room – I’d feel its all pervading presence through the walls…

Yes, you know, that sort of thing…


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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2 Responses to Decalcomania for Idiots…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    Oh your highness! I just popped over from reading (and watching) this:
    I could be called Art Auctions for Idiots!
    I know you hate Banksy, but this stunt was perfect….a shredder built into a frame, which must have had some sort of remote control built into it….for the perfect timing. I suppose the artist was there, trying not to laugh too loud. Artist’s revenge – perfectly timed! Sounds surreal doesn’t it? I’m just giddy with laughter….. Yesterday someone named “Nicolas” left a message on one of my postings asking if my work was for sale. I was suspicious because his “handle” was not blue…and no one has ever asked me that. Artists. Go figure.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Mm, yes, I saw that on Twitter this morning.
      I liked it – no Dana, really I did!…
      The trouble is of course, you can’t fight money – the purchaser would just need to collect up the shreds, and the frame, and mount them nicely and then sell them on…
      Gosh! All that free publicity too!…

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