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A Surreal (Our) Civilization Found Intact - oil on canvas - 22" x 13" by Dave Martsolf

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From the surreal art collection of Mark Martsolf, but offered here for prints.

What does it take to make a civilization? Some monuments perhaps. The lights are on here and the data is being collected in this rather ancient civilization that still worships punch cards. Ah, the green green fields of home!

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  • Mark Martsolf
    Mark Martsolfover 6 years ago

    I find it a sort of separation between men and women (or the reverse…the Crown on the Male..taller, more commanding, the woman, kind of deteriorating, bound to the land, the Man becoming so bound, but still able to advance. The visitors below , sensing the atmosphere with the classic tongue , ready to take the fallen city…

    OR… GodHead rising to the creation of the “Adam” and “Eve” and the following commands to go forth and multiply, and your home shall be in it’s Glory in the Air, as would be appropriate.
    I know the piece well as I own it, and have squeezed out many more stories than those two..a great work and I am more than proud to be it’s keeper.. Yea Dave!!
    Mark Martsolf

  • Dave Martsolf
    Dave Martsolfover 6 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Wow! I am blind to my own imagination. Great ideas. I did have one on the lapping being on the ground. The yellow card to the right of the head is an old computer punch card. I saw the tongue face on the ground as modern computer technology reaching out to eat up the world as we know it. I wasn’t really deciding if that was good or bad. It was just an activity that surely was going to happen and is still happening today. Technology helps some men find more oil and gas underground, but it also help develop better wind turbines, and like a second skin helps all of us monitor the status of our world, such as in the infant climate modeling programs we are developing.

    I rest easy knowing this piece is in your hands.



  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 6 years ago

    There are so many ways to interpret this art – it’s very appealing

  • Why, Thank you, Miss Moneypenny. Thank you very much.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • zooreka
    zoorekaalmost 6 years ago

    Lovey piece of Surrealism…..

  • Thanks Zooreka!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 5 years ago

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 5 years ago

    Hi David!!!!
    When one finds a let’s say…..a hive….an ant’s tower…is one meeting a “civilization”…?
    Well…there are many that beleive that this civilization is worthy to preserve…but they all know that they come and go.
    There is in this work a sort of visual incongruency between what we see written inthe title and what we see manifesting into the canvas. The title is reading “Civilization found intact”….but what I see is a fading…..civilization that reminds me quite a lot the way some sort of clouds are stretching their forms, until they become so thin that dissappear. There is like an horizont that is literally “eating” the figures and objects..stretching them. I cannot explain better the sensations…I like it much.. it reminds me quite of Dali’s…on the other hand.

  • Hi Rosa, To answer your question, sometimes I have a bit of sarcasm in my nature. Maybe someone gave it to me earlier when I wasn’t looking. So, it probably applied itself to this title, and you are right to ask – is intact the right word? Probably, I mean it as antithesis. Thanks as always for commenting. Your words mean a lot.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 5 years ago

    A very unique style you have, a few of the old surrealists come to mind here, but yours stands on its own. NIce work

  • Thank you Larry. I am still trying to find my own style. I have tried most everything but keep coming back in my sketches to this type of design. Thanks again!

    – Dave Martsolf

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