Dali's Swans Reflecting Elephants“He wasn’t slowed down by a lack of creativity, was he?” the reader asked, flashing Dali’s ‘Swans Refecting Elephants‘ on the hologram.

“Just look at that. Swans – on a lake – and if you look in the water, just there, thems become elephants! Ruddy elephants! That takes creativity, that. Loads of creativity! Tons! And a very busy little mind,” he rasped “to see the turn of a swan’s neck become the curl of an elephant’s trunk. Never would have spotted something like that mesel’…”

“Hmmm” Me. Non-committally.  The Large Bathers, 1884-1887


“Renoir’s ‘Bathers’ is another. I bet ‘e never laid eyes on so many nekkid wimmin at once, not once in ‘is life! But ‘e goes an’ paints ’em! What an imagination!”

“I notice your accent seems to have relocated somewhat,” I say

“Pay attention, boy!” the reader snaps, flicking another digitized artwork on the holo.

MC Escher - Relativity

“Predictable!” I snap back.

“Shut it, and listen to me!” BAM! The reader slams his clammy hand on the lectern.

“Escher’s ‘Relativity’ – absolute proof the man was off ‘is tits on morphine! Mind as loopy as a bat in a spaghetti drying house! And as busy as, to boot!”

What? Morphine? Morphine doesn’t do that to you…it knocks you out! Certainly makes you far too drowsy to draw anything as complex as that rather disturbing image.” I argue. “Nevertheless, I agree the man’s mind must’ve been rather active, yes.”

BAM! Clammy hands slam the lectern again.

“You just shut it, and listen to me! I am trying to make a point here, and I find it very difficult to make a point to you when you keep on interrupting me at every turn!” the reader yells.

“Well, what point exactly?” Exasperated, I just want this lesson to end. ‘Art history and the modern mind’ is not one of my most favourite classes.

This!” he breathes, in awe – possibly at connecting dots only he can see in his warped intellect.

Mark Rothko - Red On Maroon“Rothko’s ‘Red On Maroon’ mural! Look at it! Just look!”

I peer at the hologram, scrutinizing the sweep of the brush, wondering what it is I am supposed to be seeing.

Clearly, from the reader’s effervescent reveal of this rather dull oblong, I am meant to have an epiphany of such magnitude that I see what ever it is he sees when he looks at this dreadful dreck.

“I don’t get it.” I confess. “I just don’t see the connection. All the other works were busy, surreal and complex constructions. This is none of those things! It’s a dull red square on another, more dull red square.”

“EXACTLY! Bravo!” The reader cheers. “That, my boy, is exactly the point! What you are looking it is sheer genius! You hear me?! GENIUS! That – my chirpy little know-it-all student – is the Art of Boredom”

© Dave Luis 2015. All Rights Reserved.

The Art of Boredom is a the first post in the third series of tandem blogs. Clickety-click on my eight co-authors’ posts to see what they have posted with the same title:

Sarah: https://medium.com/@ricegirl2/the-art-of-boredom-tandemblog-e95350dcacfbNick: https://medium.com/@nick_frost/the-art-of-boredom-e5da71765c91

Brett: https://brettfish.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/tandem-post-the-art-of-boredom/

Cath: https://cathjenkin.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/the-art-of-boredom/

Scott: http://squidsquirts.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-art-of-boredom.html

Kerry: https://medium.com/@Kerry_Contrary/the-art-of-boredom-c0603d113388

James: http://www.jamespreston.org/2015/04/the-art-of-boredom.html

Megan: http://www.meganshead.co.za/the-art-of-boredom/


6 thoughts on “The Art Of Boredom 

  1. ah stunning Dave. Love the accents that were playing around in my head and especially compared to all the other stuff i’ve read of yours this feels like a complete departure and is so much fun and must have been fun to put together.

    and as much as i would say Dali is my favourite artist, cos of the clocks mostly, i have never seen that swans reflecting elephants before and what a stunningly clever pic it is – i must definitely do some more looking on that front.

    great stuff and as ever, thank you
    love brett fish

    1. Had a ton of fun putting this one together. It originally wrote itself as another dramatic piece of ennui, but we’ve had enough of that, for a while, right? This was fun.

  2. “Clearly, from the reader’s effervescent reveal of this rather dull oblong, I am meant to have an epiphany of such magnitude that I see what ever it is he sees when he looks at this dreadful dreck.”


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