Friday, January 29, 2010

S'QUICK ART


A friend sent me this.

Under the heading: What To Do When You Are Really, Really Bored.

With directions:

1. Kill a few house flies.
2. Put them in the sun to dry for an hour or so.
3. When dry, find pencil and paper...

More examples of domestic gross-art followed.

My reaction switched back and forth between a kind of eeeuuu distaste and fits of semi-perverted fascination at the idea of musca domestica as a creative art-form-antidote to ennui.

I couldn't help imagining other possible illustrations. I just couldn't.

My friend is twisted.

I am twisted. Swat me.


My daughter just sent me a copy edit of a WIP. She caught about 25 typos all told -- articles evaded, plurals absent, punctuation (such as commas , periods and close quotes) missing. I realized that most of these occurred when cut-and-pasting. Something to watch for.

33 comments:

McKoala said...

But...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwww!!!

Bernita said...

Yup, McKoala.
And yuckyuckyuckyuck ...

Whirlochre said...

This demonstrates a complete disregard for the sanctity of life — which is probably why it's so funny.

I'm saving up all the wasps this summer for an all-singing all-dancing musical extravaganza, complete with frilly stockings and a smartly dressed man with a cane.

As for WIPs, my biggest formatting horror at the moment is all the stray double spaces before hard returns. Technically, they're invisible, but when you convert between various formats, they're apt to appear as weird sigils.

Bernita said...

They do?
Oh God...
~blenches~

jason evans said...

That's an unusual species of housefly.

Dave F. said...

Flies in stick figures? That is so not art. I don't even have civilized words to describe how so not art that that is (or isn't). Whatever verb is supposed to work in all those negatives this early in the morning.

When I cut and paste, I have to go back and clean up the remaining bits and make sure the story remains logical.

writtenwyrdd said...

there are a whole series of those fly photos. Sick, but funny.

And cutting and pasting generates a ton of errors.

Natasha Fondren said...

I'm having the same reaction as you. It's wow, kind of cool, a fly riding a horse. And really gross, too. Ick.

Bernita said...

Would one dare call it a horse fly, Jason?

Dave, I suppose it vaguely relates in type to that picture of the pope in a jar of urine - except much less pretentious.

Yes, have to watch the continuity.

Are there, Written? Bit of a relief.I wondered if my friend had created them himself.
So I've found...and I was so proud when I learned how to cut and paste too!

I wonder if I'm sick enough to post another one or two, Natasha.

Charles Gramlich said...

I see a whole new genre. Fly westerns.

"The Tall multi-eyed stranger flew into the Long branch saloon and settled in a spill of stale beer. The town was never to be the same."

BernardL said...

I will endeavor to never be that bored. :)

raine said...

Sorry. Can't seem to get past the ewww stage to appreciate the fine art, lol! Have done some interesting things when I was bored, but...ewww.
But now I'm imagining the blue-black body pasted onto the center of an indigo canvas, with waves of concentric circles radiating out from the still corpse into the void of the universe, and...

Nope. Still ewww.

laughingwolf said...

ok, where would you like to be swatted, bernita? :O lol

there are some wee animations of fly swatting out there...

Bernita said...

Charles, that's funny!

Wise man, Bernard.

There's something really grungy about houseflies, Raine. More than just about any other bug.

"where would you like to be swatted...?"
LW, I'm shocked...
( Not my head, it's not on too tight today...)

Dave F. said...

The saddest thing about the crucifix in the jar was that it was the ONLY controversial "object'd'art" in that entire display. Only a sliver of the public knew anything about Serrano at the time and by including that one object, the traveling art display got lost of free publicity. Andres Serrano was a second rate photographer. IMO.

I had not thought of that particular awfullness in a long time. My only foray into New YOrk City art was the Pablo Picasso Retrospective at MOMA back in the 80's. That was breathtaking and a tour-de-force of 60 years of art. Fly art and Serrano's jar are a waste of creativity.

Oh my, I think I'm ranting today. I gotta stop that! Bad Dave! Bad Dave!

Bernita said...

"a waste of creativity."
Exactly.
And you are NOT "Bad Dave."
You're a Dear Guy!

Barbara Martin said...

At least I'm never going to get quite that bored...but it is creative.

Bernita said...

Gads, I hope none of us will ever be that bored, Barbara!

SzélsőFa said...
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SzélsőFa said...

erm...
i'd go with fly-art being gross.
if there's any fun in it, it stems from using an everyday object in art.
I'm with Dave on the 'crucifix in the jar in a layer of piss' - I don't think was a piece of art at all.
-
re: your daughter reviewing your WIP? how great is that to have such an talented daughter?

Bernita said...

SzelsoFa, all my daughters are smarter than I am.

Chris Eldin said...

Hi Bernita,

I just saw the post on Moonie's and wanted to congratulate you!!!! I still have the Weirdly 1 Anthology and really loved reading it (esp yours!!). Didn't get the second one, but will order both 2 and 3 now.

Very nice!!!!!!!!
xoxox

Chris Eldin said...

LOL @ your new art! My kids will love this... except the fly will be wingless.

Bernita said...

Awwww, Chris, that is so nice! Thank you.

"My kids will love this... except the fly will be wingless"... now how did I know you'd say something like that...

Scott from Oregon said...

http://www.majman.net/flyswatter/

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Sorry, but I like it. If that's what creativity creates, bring it on.
I still marvel how I can pick up simple typo errors even after the nth time I have scoured a ms for such things. The eye sure sees what it expects to see.

Bernita said...

The hand is quicker than the fly, Scott.

Yes, Suzanne. Stuff like leaving the "t" off "thought" being one of mine.

Richard N said...

Since when did good taste become the arbiter of what's good art?

I'm not very good at drawing, but our cat Magic occasionally brings me uneaten flies as gifts.

I might just be inspired by the next one now... :-)

Whirlochre might have a point in suggesting life is sometimes considered a little too sacred... and besides, that fly might otherwise have laid the eggs that grew into the maggots eating one of us!

Gabriele C. said...

Count me among those who find the fly art amusing.

Bernita said...

Richard, I don't have to go as far as maggots. Just think of all the stuff they carry on their little feet.

Then I'll put up another one for you tomorrow, Gabriele!

laughingwolf said...

ok... gentle tap on shoulder work? ;)

word verif: upeat [go figger]

Bernita said...

Yup, LW.
Or a thwack on my paws.

laughingwolf said...

well you did say, and i quote: "I am twisted. Swat me." ;) lol