Dog Pack (philosophical) (2014)
Acrylic painting by Dick Martin


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 20.47 × 20.47 × 1.57 in (unframed)
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  • Signed on the back

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Dick Martin

United Kingdom

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Continuing with the Philosophical Dogs idea, these dogs come in packs. Here we have a Pack of 4 “Philosophical Dogs”. These dogs are really bright. I’m interesting in what comes into your mind as I tell you the particular philosophy each dog favours. Their individual philosophies are; existential, epistemological, aesthetic & phenomenological. What breed of dog will you imagine for each? Although each individual “Dog” painting is small (26x30cm – pack of three 80x30cm) these conceptual paintings have quite a bite and are based on the philosophical problem of knowledge: i.e. how can we know the difference appearance and reality when our senses are often inaccurate? How do you really know you are standing/sitting here reading this and not a brain in a vat connected to a computer? (Putnam) How do you know an evil demon is not tricking you? (Descartes) How do you know you are not just watching shadows in a cave? (Plato) Can you be absolutely sure you are not dreaming? Each painting is called “Dog” and a computer chip is part of composition. So, where is the dog? Well, inside the chip of course and, more importantly, inside your imagination! But, can you be sure you are not in the chip and that someone, maybe a dog, is looking at you? “Such fun!” On the back of each painting there is the title “Dog” and a further random dog’s “character” word to describe the dog and tickle your imagination. I wonder what type of dog you will choose. So, think of a dog and have some fun splashing about with a canine or two in a postmodern world of dreams, “malicious demons,” “brains in vats” and virtual reality. A philosophical Crufts, woof, woof!

Ready to hang in any order you chose. Individual paintings that can be separated if they don’t get on.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas, gravel, computer chips

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