Mail art postcard. No. 4636…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s euphemism used as a substitute for the word ‘God’ in an oath or expletive can be chosen from these popular 15th c. to 19th c. ones: Cock, Gog, Cod, Cat, Cud, Od, Ad, Ud and Gad.
How about that one that medieval knights liked to shout as they galloped through the village on a Saturday night?
‘Gadzooks!…’ God’s hooks (fingernails).

Yes, another of my mail art postcards, a simple collage (Can you still call it a ‘collage’ if there’s only one item stuck onto another? I suppose so.) using clippings from that cheap and tawdry UK TV listings magazine What’s On TV.

There’s something quite unsettling about this one isn’t there dear reader?
It’s that initial puzzlement at first glimpse, where you are not sure if you should see this character as a real human, or not. The eyes are so visually powerful you are easily led into seeing this as a person, but then, all the rest is wool. That sounds a bit like it should be a Shakespearian quote – ‘Hold hard Horatio! Let me make this plain as morning – all the rest is wool…’ Exits stage right on a fat donkey.
Yes, it’s something to do with the juxtaposition of the real eyes, the brim of the cap, and the mouth below – funny how even though the mouth is turned up at its edges in a smile, the menacing eyes seem to morph it into an unpleasant sneer.
Yes, it’s a funny mix of soft fluffy cuteness and something a bit more serious. Ah, but that’s serendipity for you!
So Dave, is this a surrealist postcard?
Yes, of course it is!…

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 Mail art postcard. No. 4636…

  1. memadtwo says:

    Gadzooks! I’ve always liked that word. (K)

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