Art for Bark’s Sake

Modern art can sometimes perplex, but one exhibition didn’t go over anyone’s head — it went straight to the dogs. Recently, British artist and inventor Dominic Wilcox staged an exhibition titled “Play More” featuring installations to inspire the canine mind, such as a giant kibble bowl, a car ride simulator, and artistic depictions of meat.

“There’s an economy of line and emphasis on negative space that heightens the feeling of — FRISBEE! GET THE FRISBEE!”
“Wow, it even makes its own gravy!”

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17 thoughts on “Art for Bark’s Sake

  1. Julie August 25, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    It “makes its own gravy” – are you referring to the pee that will be all over the art installations?

    • Murray C. August 25, 2016 / 7:52 pm


  2. marfaret August 25, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I guess art has finally gone to the dogs!

  3. Gigi the cat laddy August 25, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I’m sorry, the doggies are really cute and NTMTOM comments are as funny as ever but that art exhibition is one of the silliest things I’ve seen in a long time. And I don’t mean silly in a good way.

    • fkaWaldenPond August 25, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      I’m with you Gigi; cynical me thinks they will have pottery classes for dogs soon… Wait a second, if they did I bet a sibling of mine would sign up the dogs. *sigh* 😉

    • Murray C. August 25, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      Oh, yes, some people seem to have too much time on their hands. Tho’ the spoken premise was to get people to spend more time with their pets and I’d have to agree that’s a worthy goal.

      • fkaWaldenPond August 25, 2016 / 11:25 pm

        I agree but then, there is this! 😀

        • Murray C. August 25, 2016 / 11:40 pm

          And he probably had to walk to obedience school! I love this doggie and his Irish cap.

          • Duckie 🐥 August 26, 2016 / 12:29 am

            And chase it uphill, both ways, in six feet of snow, with no shoes.

    • Ricky's Mom August 26, 2016 / 12:40 am

      I agree, Gigi. An art exhibition for dogs? What a waste of time and effort. Just think how many dogs could have been rescued, fostered, or fed for the money this nonsense must have cost.

      That said, the dogs themselves are cute.

    • Julie August 26, 2016 / 11:43 am

      The disconnect I have with this art exhibit is that dogs can’t really “see” inanimate objects in the same way humans can because they have a different makeup of cones and rods in their eyes (versus humans). So, if something isn’t moving, dogs don’t really see it.

      The ball pit makes sense for a dog, but the paintings and meat sculptures do not, unless they move and emit a meat smell.

  4. Smartypants August 26, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Hmm, I totally hear your concerns, but I see it as basically just a really clever marketing event for the insurance company that sponsored it. I think it’s no different than their running a TV ad, or sponsoring a pop star’s tour, or putting their name on a sports arena – it’s certainly cuter than the commercials with that darn gecko.

    Just my thoughts. And I love the dachshund!

    • hilz August 26, 2016 / 8:30 am

      Agreed! Cute sells!

  5. Saffron August 26, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I tried to imagine what an art exhibit would be like for kittehs…..

    • Smartypants August 26, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Perhaps a Christo-style installation made entirely of yarn?

      • Saffron August 26, 2016 / 10:37 am

        Still life paintings of bowls of noms.

        • Smartypants August 26, 2016 / 11:31 am

          …and every day, a different Mystery Guest rolling hundreds of tinfoil balls…

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