Oil on Newspaper
6th Oktober 2019
This happened on my way to Prague. I'd just been to collect an artwork of mine in Stein in Germany and on my way out of the city I had stopped at a garage to buy a newspaper to paint on to keep the newspaper story going. I found all the local newspapers so boring that I decided to drive back home to Tittmoning. Hardy on the road & still in Stein, I saw a sign for Prague and without thinking I suddenly decided to drive to Prague.
Already well into the Czech Republic I stopped off at a garage close to Pilsen for a coffee and take a break. I tried to tell "Jitka", the czech woman working there, that I want to buy the most read newspaper in the Czech Republic. Of course she thought I was completely nuts seeing I can't speak a damn word of the language, why would I be buying a czech newspaper. So I went to the car and got a 2019 calender of paintings on newspapers and gave her a signed copy, thus also learning her name. She was the reason I decided to stay in Pilsen as she told me that it is a nice city which is how I came to learn about DEPO2015, a wonderful creative hub in Pilsen which is a European Capital of Culture since 2015.
I spent 2 days there and it remains a wonderful example of what is possible in terms of culture and the arts, a centre made within an old factory for business and artists to converge: https://www.depo2015.cz/
After the, "aha" effect, at the garage, "Jitka", went on to tell me that I should buy this newspaper and although her czech and my english/german have little in common I got the message that God had recently died. It was the headline in this czech newspaper
Nietzsche wrote in 1882 that God was dead
In fact, as I was to discover later it was actually the famous czech singer Karel Gott who had died † 1. Oktober 2019 in Prag
As I study Indo European I come to understand that God is not what anyone thinks it is. Not what Nietzsche thought, neither was it a czech singer.
The word Dingir is a Sumerian word for God or Goddess, the sign by itself was originally an ideogram for the Sumerian word an "sky" or "heaven".
I take it to mean the unseeable, the ether beyond all things bright and beautiful, the unknown hidden behind the adventurous.
How I discovered DEPO2015 is in itself is a little wonder. By merely being spontaneous, mad even, I allow things to happen by themselves.
15th April 2020
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