Surreal Sunday: Weird Art

“Polychrome Standing Figure with Raised Hand.” Catchy title, eh?

Whilst some art (although not the majority of pretentious modern stuff) can be considered as sublime, inspiring, inspired, subliminal, antidisestablishmentarianistic, transcendent, inspirational, gooey, daffodils, I’ll have what she’s having, you’re gonna need a bigger boat, here’s looking at you, kid… sorry we got sidetracked there. Our point is relevant, however, even though we haven’t actually stated the point just yet. I think we had been aiming to say, “A lot of art is also pretty useless, stupid, and deserving of ridicule.” Indeed. Professional Moron’s Mr. Wapojif, on this very bloody windy Sunday, decided to have a look for some art in the midst of these two dichotomous dichotomys – the inspiring and the laudable.

Still following us? Well done, as we really have no idea what we’re going on about. Anyway, onward to have a gander at some art that will shiver your timbers and oggle your goggle.

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Death!

The executioner, Peter & Paul Fortress, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
The executioner, Peter & Paul Fortress, St.-Petersburg, Russia.

Starting off on a cheery note we have this axe wielding, executing, dressed in black person looking about as threatening as an enraged bull tearing down on you in an empty field.

Mask Thing

Indeed.
Indeed.

The Crooked Beak of Heaven Mask is from the 19th century. It’s one of those “You call that a mask? This is a mask!” moments. We can imagine the indigenous folk dancing around fires with one of these on. Enough to curdle the blood in your veins!

Bwoom!

I say!
I say!

This is a Bwoom. It’s a mask from the Kuba Kingdom from the 19th centure. “Er, where’s that?” The Republic of Congo, morons!

Keep off our land, you Communist!”

American Gothic.
American Gothic.

This has a certain menace to it, this Grant DeVolson Wood picture from 1930. We can’t help but look at it and think about Communists and the film Deliverance.

The Stare of Oddness

Wicked, innit geez.
Wicked, innit geez.

This is from Nigeria, from the Ngbe male society. We like this one a lot, it’s evocative and groovy.

Nice jacket!

"Man with a Saluki" is the title. Super, but what's a saluki?
“Man with a Saluki” is the title. Super, but what’s a saluki?

We LOVE this guy’s jacket and remain very jealous of it. It’s circa 1555 and is “tentatively” attributed to Shaykh Muhammad. Well, why not?

Er…….

This is an amulet, if you must know.
This is an amulet, if you must know.

No, we’re not sure what this is supposed to be. What we do know is it’s an amulet from Cameroon circa 1901. Clears everything up, right?

Professional Moron’s Very Own Mr. Wapojif!

Such wonder! Such inspiration!
Such wonder! Such inspiration!

Mr. Wapojif made this about two years ago using Microsoft Paint. Glorious, oui? He has named it, “The Picture of Intrinsic Hope”.

Doodle?

Yes.
Yes.

Whilst this does look like a doodle by a bored child in maths class, it is actually circa 1880 and by Lakota Sioux chief Black Hawk. It depicts a Thunder Being (Haokah) on horseback looking a bit startled. Not that we diss Black Hawk in any way but, you know, it does look like a doodle…

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