It’s been a big week in art … with Jim Pavlidis

No club this season embodies the popular aphorism ‘‘footy is played mainly above the shoulders’’ more than Melbourne.

The stakes couldn’t have been much higher on Thursday night when the Demons, playing for a top-eight spot against a bottom-four opponent, showed up in body but not in mind and put on a shocker.

Devil is in the detail: pattern of behaviour from the Demons (illustration: Jim Pavlidis) and Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin original.Credit:

Some will say they are where they should be – top four in 2018, bottom four in 2019, middle of the table in 2020.

Their fans, however, simply want a more consistent effort from their flaky heroes.

Internationally renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama famously checked into a hospital for mental illness in 1977 and never left.

Her polka dot pumpkin may look innocent and funny, but look closely for a minute and you’ll find yourself falling into the infinite space those dot patterns conjure.

Melbourne have fallen into a pattern of mediocrity, but have the talent to be infinitely better.

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