LONDON DADA Work No. 999; Muddle England

Muddle England
Michael St.Mark 2018


Tesco in-store Costa coffee lounge scene, January 2018;  the ageing Middle England couples’ dreams of riches and quality of life through share investments and steadfast support of the nation-wrecking Tories still evident through habitual perusal of the right-wing tabloid press.
Real life archetypes of those millions who kept Thatcher govt. in power throughout the 1980s on the promise of cheaper bread.



” Well folks, after over 12 years we’ve almost arrived at the millenium milestone of photo-oriented artorks focussed on resuscitating and revitalizing the Dada art movement along lines originally intended by its founding father, Hugo Ball….

” Art, for us, is not an end in itself, but rather it is an opportunity for true perception and criticism of the times in which we live “

Achievements to date include pointing and trending art as relevant to current times by reflecting social issues and street reality of life in the UK today and as amazingly confirmed and admitted in 2017 by Maria Balshaw as new director of Tate Modern.

After 10 years of annual campaigning, unsupported by other artists or institutions; succeeding in pressuring/shaming Tate directors into lifting the blatantly ageist Turner Prize under-50 age limit for entrants.

Wolff Olins’ London 2012 Olympic brand logo and Wilkinson Eyre architects’ basketball arena design on the Olympic Park, plagiarised both in form and concept artist Michael St.Mark’s pre-existing Infinitude II bas-relief work.

Damien Hirst’s entire recent ” Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable ” project copied both concept and title from London Dada’s 2008 photo artwork ” Logfish- an unbelievable Treasure from the Deep

Procured the first full-length genuine photograph of graffiti legend Banksy

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Winter walkies…

…when parks become bog traps for all but intepid trawlermen in thigh-high waders..and your dogs behaving like seal pups by pretending they’re one step backward in evolution again.

Links to 2011 Work ” Winter Woodland Walkies – the Chase “, by Dingo


London Dada Work No. 998: Night Watch

Night Watch
© Michael St.Mark 2018


After-hours hairdressing training salon, Herts

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R.I.P. Mark E. Smith / The Fall – wired to the music cosmos

Truly sad news today, that everybody’s working class hero Mr Mark Edward Smith of the seemingly evergreen Fall band died this morning, aged just 60.
So here, something of the man’s vital early punk-like energy that was married to a razor-sharp perception-graced intellect that perpetually fermented highly bespoke “undilutable slang truth ” lyrics set to the frequently runaway juggernaut-bludgeoning Fall sound.
Over 40 years of almost non-stop gigging and a shelf-sagging number of albums to his now legendary name. – Michael St. Mark

Alexis Petridis saw a tribute style, nicked it and ran it in the next day Guardian..

& from Hammersmith Palais 2007, a fave Fall live performance of “Blindness”

Roaming the Galaxy / Autumn Statements

Roaming the Galaxy ( Fruits of Autumn ) Follow-up to the summer edition.
Selected trilogy of shots from another three months of random observations from random wanderings, captured on the Galaxy S7

Dusk @ the Water Tower
Trent Park, N. London

Tinsel Tina / TWHSTL VII
Latest in the (very) long-running ” They Who Have Seen the Light ” LD series

The World is Too Much For Us ( after Wordsworth ) / Hell is Other People III
Barnet, Herts

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Wreck of the Mayflower

Wreck of the Mayflower / A Conservative Lifeboat IV
Michael St.Mark 2017


Dungerness, Kent ( White Cliffs of Dover on the horizon )

December 2017
Aground. Facing the wrong way.  Falling apart – ring any ships’ bells?

Categorized latest in our “A Conservative Lifeboat – not fit for purpose” series.
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Conservative Lifeboat III

A Very Conservative Lifeboat


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London Dada Work No. 997; Real Turner / Fake Art

(c) Michael St.Mark, December 5th 2017


To mark the 2017 Turner Prize event.

Dada photo montage within titled frame. Comprising reversed Turner self portrait surrounded by four contentious former prize-winning and associated exhibits.
The mirror-reversal of Turner’s c.1799 self-portrait shows the 24 year old artist close to how he actually appeared at the time, as artists of the day by necessity were obviously obliged to use mirrors to create them. ( links to Work 976l; Real Turner from July )

Image of the actual Self-Portrait before mirror-reversal correction

Self-Portrait c.1799 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856.

Main image; Top right; Work No 227; The lights going on and off, by Martin Creed ( winner in 2001 with.. a ceiling light going on and off at regular short intervals )
Bottom left; Tracy Emin’s My Bed, shortlisted entry 1999.
Bottom right; Damien Hirst’s The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living ( dead shark suspended in formaldehyde ), closely associated with his TP-winning bisected cow and calf – Mother & Child Reunion (1995 )
Top left “Sleeper” by Mark Wallinger. Dressed in a comely bear suit for the duration of the 154 minute long film, bear Mark is featured wandering around a deserted German gallery. Wallinger won the Turner Prize in 2007 for “ State Britain“, a virtual copy (de-politicised and Blair-redacted)  of war protestor Brian Haw’s hard-hitting multi placard spread in Parliament Square. RIP Brian.

In the light of Hugo Ball, the founding father of Dada’s statement;
Art, for us, is not an end in itself, but it is an opportunity for true perception and fearless criticism of the times in which we live
… as well as the utter banality and mind-numbing pseudo intellectual vacuousness of the above Works – as well as many more besides – propel them well and truly into the turgid, stasis-filled, creatively stagnant realm of Fake Art


RECENT POST.  London Dada’s successful 12-year campaign to abolish the ageist Under-50 rule for Turner Prize entrants;

September 2017.
Turner Prize chiefs finally shamed into removing the anachronistic and blatantly ageist Under-50 rule for shortlisted entrants. Did any other artists have the moral spine to put their personal apple cart career futures on the line by daring to criticize the TP directors over this? Well… no actually.

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Protest leaflet from Turner Prize 2016 event
LD POST from 2016; titled ” THE AGEIST TURNER PRIZE ” including protest video.


THIS YEAR’S TP EVENT – when does inspiration become plagiarism?


Link to Withdrawal Symptoms (2012)



L. Michael St.Mark; Withdrawal Symptoms MR ( 2012 )

R. Andrea Buttner; Phone Etchings (2015)