Work No. 611; Boat Race Man; remembering Trenton Oldfield

Boat race Man

Boat race Man

Michael St.Mark 2012

A one-man Easter crusade against the tide of Tory blue nastiness wrecking the nation.

Multi-phase photo manipulation artist-retouched signed edition Lightjet prints

Remembering the admirably- principled activist from down under, who literally risked his neck earlier this year to remind 30 million viewers worldwide of the nasty, pernicious Oxbridge-run class system still thriving ( running the government,the banks, the media and arts; extorting via unelected privilege and exerting gross inequality across the jobs and opportunities market ) in the “home of Democracy”; just a few days ago learning from some crusty old beak that a custodial sentence is on the cards for “creating a public nuisance”.

Whereas in fact “Trenton did a good deed, to be considered performance art in line with the moral protest spirit of Dada” – Michael St.Mark

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Jailed for 6 months – the price of peaceful but effective direct action protest against obscene inequalty and inhumane policy in a de facto fascist-capitalist state.

Oldfield said he returned from Canada days before the race on 7 April annoyed by government plans to “sell-off” the NHS, “snoop” on electronic communications and by encouragement given to “dob in” people planning protests during the Olympics.

Saying that London “has the highest inequality in the western world”, Oldfield said the Boat Race was a symbol of elitism in government.

Asked what the boat race had to do with it, he said: “It’s a symbol of a lot of issues in Britain around class; 70% of government pushing through very significant cuts are Oxford or Cambridge graduates.

“It was a symbolic gesture to these kind of issues.”

Oldfield, who moved to the United Kingdom in 2001, said he had worked and volunteered for a decade working in jobs and projects aimed at increasing better prospects for people in impoverished areas.

With coalition public spending cuts implemented London was “kind of worse than in Dickens’ time”, he said.

“With these levels of cuts it became apparent to me that something needed to be done.

“I felt it was an important thing to do.”

Read the background story here

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Link to the Work and purchase details from London Dada Archive

London Dada Work 610; Bereavement Twister

Bereavement twister
Bereavement Twister
c. 2007, Michael St.Mark

 

CONTEXT
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Chance picture in low light conditions of a morose girl dressed in black, walking slowly around an old dock basin in Annan, SW Scotland as if absorbed in memory.
Title relates to the terrible whirlwind of chaos, grief and overpowering sense of loss that grips the minds of those newly bereaved or rejected in love ( the two emotions can feel similar )

DATA
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Signed edition of 50 fine art giclee prints onto Ilford Pearl
15″ x 12″
£350 (unframed)

 

freshw
Fresh Widow

Related work by Marcel Duchamp 1920, replica @ 1964.
( Tate)