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FIGHT ON TRAIN AFTER WOMAN PLACES BAGEL ON MAN'S HEAD.

"I've come off Facebook"- Its the new veganism in regards to how those of us who have ditched it will tell it to anyone who will listen, and now here I am telling you via Facebook, how ironic. Well, I've come off facebook but still use the bugger to pump out verbal tripe and pictures that are either brilliant, OK or shite depending on who you ask. (Brilliant obviously).


I came off Facebook two weeks before my exhibition opened. I knew, that this didn't make sense with regards to the promotion of the Private view. it came as no surprise that quite a few people actually forgot about it altogether. Despite all this, it was a good night with some old faces and I've sold well so far (Allahu Akbar!)


I left Facebook as i found it a bit draining. I kept having a look. It's too late to be all clever and say I left because they extracted and sold all of my data, which they did with apparent impunity. Let's be honest, nobody reads the small print. Who cares if Russian cyber hackers have access to my photos, phone and email, I want the app that makes me look old. I kept having a look, again and again. I'd look and realise that I only just looked. I'd look and see the same sort of shit, belt fed by algorithms (whatever they are) to make you engage.


Something I've been trying to do more of late, is to not engage. It's hardly groundbreaking and the sort of thing your nan would tell you (but you wouldnt listen as its your nan). I think I decided to try the whole non action thing when reading about Taoism this year. There's a pearl of a quote about this along the lines of: "He who walks away from a fight, fights it a thousand times in his head". When I googled the quote the search yielded: "FIGHT ON TRAIN AFTER WOMAN PLACES BAGEL ON MAN'S HEAD".


All in all I'd say the non action thing is good for me. After all, when someone acts like a dick, that's down to them, life has probably made them be a bit of a dick, and life will probably punish them for it so I don't need to. I do fail monumentally with the non action at times. My daughters both reminded me of this the other morning when I called someone a cock in traffic but all in all it's like most aspects of (my) life in that: when I've got my ego (or the id to be more specific) in control and I'm present (or at least objective) my biggest hurdle is out of the way.


Is it just me or does it seem like every single day is the International day of something? I find it quite annoying. World Towel Day 2019 - Don't forget your fucking towel eh, oh well I would have if I hadn't looked at my calendar. International women's day, International Men's day, Well, just remove both of those straight away, job done. World Frog Day, Tres bien Macron! very crafty. International Day for Tolerance (noted). World Food day, which is the day before International Day for the eradication of poverty Day (Would make sense to swap them and then we might not need Food day so urgently?) and then nearly a month later it's World diabetes day which could be less necessary if we didn't ram World Food Day down our throats. My personal favourite is the "World Sister's Day" meme which circulates on Facebook 365 days a year and actually secretly signifies that the person posting is both gullible and has a sister.


Of course I'm just joking about all that bit above because I'm a really great guy etc and I only really brought it up so I could mention World Mental Health Day Which is/was this week (depending on when I get around to posting this). Mental Health is something I've bimbled on about before here many times so I won't bore you again, just imagine I've written something really insightful and humorously signed off with a Bob Hoskins impression "It's good to talk" as I think mere dialogue on the subject lessons the taboo which is significant in killing many of us spanking young chaps in particular.


Of all the things that have become seemingly trendy of late, blokes being able to put their hand up and say they're having a wobble is surely one of the best. As blokes 99% of us hate talking about our feelings and even flippantly writing about stuff like this makes us all uncomfortable.


As always I've rambled on about bollocks and hardly mentioned the art. London went really well and the Show at Scarlet's is on until November. With a lot of my current work culminating in print format I'm doing most of them as prints and hand finished prints. This enables me to keep prices down whilst still selling bits and bobs. I know some people only want originals but I'm not going to call something original if I can just print another one straight off. Most people seem receptive and in any case, it is what it is. If you are interested in one give me a shout.



I'll keep doing the spacemen as long as I fancy it and have no plans to stop but I do get the feeling something else is around the corner so I'll keep kicking ideas around and scribbling notes down







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