The Art Gallery as Art – Hayward Gallery; New Impressions Series


In collaboration with Derby artist Jack Halford, Michael St.Mark’s 2012 concept of positing the UK’s major galleries are also art in themselves, as a means of Democratizing Art TM is here further broadened to include frottage impressions of the exterior gallery walls, using acrylic paint and oil pastels on artist paper in A3 & A4 sizes. Linkback to The Art Gallery as Art  from 2013.

The first series in this new conceptual direction for the frottage technique ( details & history here ), was created using the north wall of the Hayward Gallery, South Bank on Wednesday 18th March 2015. (Documentary photos below.)

* Note.  No damage to the wall surface occurred and no residual paint marks were left as a result of creating the artworks

Hayward Gallery Impressions1Hayward Gallery Impressions2

Top; Jack Halford creating Impression No 4 at the Hayward Gallery, March 2015  ( completed Work inset left )

Hayward Impressions3

 At the Hayward Gallery with Impressions Nos 1-3  ( acrylics )

Hayward Gallery Impressions4

Left; Michael St. Mark creating Hayward Gallery Impressions No 6 ( oil pastel )
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Hayward Gallery Impression No. 6 (completed Work )
c. Michael St.Mark 2015

Hayward Gallery Impression No#1 by Jack HalfordHayward Gallery Impressions6Hayward Gallery Impression No2 by Jack HalfordHayward Gallery Impression No3 by Jack Halford

Impressions Nos 1- 3 ( of a triptych of acrylic impressions ( see top page for the works in situ )
  c. Jack Halford 2015


Tate Modern Impression No1Tate Britain Impression No. 1Saatchi Gallery impression No. 1

Further frottage Works ( using oil pastels through artists’ paper ) in the Art Gallery as Art series, using the exterior walls of Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Saatchi galleries. ( Blurred effect created by each of the the rough external wall textures of the galleries is actual and not a focusing error. )

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Work No. 755: Type II Warren ( Easter Special )

type 2 warren

London Dada Easter special 2015
The chocolate rabbits of mass destruction, waiting to pounce on a pancreas and along the sugar coated road to Type 2 Diabetes within 15 minutes of ingestion.
*Public health educational Work in the stead of token toothless (ptp) ‘warnings’ on the dangers of refined sugar from HM Govt. health watchdogs in the pockets of corporate food retailers and the sugar refining industry.

Linkback to related Work from 2011

The Scales of the Problem ( Supermarket juxaposition No 3 )

Info resource;  Sugar and Type II Diabetes

Work No. 754; Extinguishing the Sun

Extinguishing the Sun ( am & pm )
   Extinguishing the Sun ( am & pm )
c. Michael St.Mark 2015

Posted on the morning of the partial solar eclipse ( 20th March 2015 ) that few people got to see, due to the unrelenting overhead blanket of greyness that’s been covering most of the country recently...
* update..
only to clear to unbroken blue sky after noon

Comment on the absolute futility of man’s efforts to control and manipulate nature, basically similar to that of trying to extinguish the sun’s nuclear fire and light via a single water fountain here on earth.

Fountain, Welwyn Garden City, Herts.
Edition of 25 fine art giclee prints on Ilford Pearl
24″ x 18″
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Work No. 753; Oik the reptilian shape-shifting chancellor ( ES Update)

Oik, the Shape-Shifting Chancellor’s  true face ( Two-part adulterated headline Work )
c. Art Axis 2015

* UPDATE 2017 Osborne appointed editor of the Evening Standard after sneaking out the back door with Cameron after their Brexit calamity.
A budget case of Jobs for the Boys if ever there was one

Discarded Evening Standard  ( another Tory-owned rag ) front page, left on a 2nd class passenger seat, Network Rail.
Budget Day, 2015.
Subject to ” Scrunch Art “, or “crumple art”, a selective physical crease manipulation of figurative photographs to form
hideously distorted caricatures beyond the wildest dreams of even the Spitting Image puppet team!
A useful tool for protest artists in the expression of angst towards corrupt power-broking individuals.
Invented by artist Michael St.Mark, 2007.

Shape-shifter Osborne – “Shifts the shape of the stats, shifts the truth about the shape of life in Britain today.”

osborne economic millstone

Work No. 752: High Voltage Hovis the Homeless Angel

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High Voltage Hovis, the Homeless Angel
© Michael St.Mark 2015

Street person Hovis.
Old Street, E. London

We stooped to chat with this pale and drawn little fellow, sitting next to a high tension line junction box in the drizzle ( !! ) ; ignored nay shunned by nearly all of the smartly-attired young people passing ..and asked to hear his story.

His street name is Hovis; ex-army and fell on hard times after his marriage broke down. Originally from Yorkshire, we suggested it may be a slightly better life up there..
” Yorkshire’s closed”, he replied.. ” no work”, .. “there hasn’t been much happening up there since Thatcher closed the pits in the 80s”.

So here’s a likable, friendly, humble and inoffensive guy, reduced to wrapping in a silver heat-reflector whilst squatting on a dirty damp pavement with an empty polystyrene cup for hope – and on Mothers Day of all days..

We gave him some money, shook his hand and wished him well.

Hovis may be a nobody in the eyes of the world, but he wears bright bright angel wings

We believe the first comprehensive highlight of the plight of the homeless including their background stories and the politics behind it to comprise an artwork or to be featured in the media – press or television.

‡ Update, winter 2017/ 2018;
Images of street people rough sleeping and airing of their plight and individual background stories now seriously trending in the mainstream media.

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Work No 751; First and Last Love ( Mothers’ Day special )

First and Last Love.
© Michael St.Mark 2015

Mothers’ Day 2015

Network Rail into Kings Cross, Sunday March 15th

Edition of 50 Lightjet prints on fine art Kodak Pro Endura
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Work No. 750; Shoreditch Street Splash

Shoreditch Street Splash
c. Michael St. Mark 2014


Triptych.  Selection of 3 heat map settings in PS based on an original photograph ( below ) of a pavement  vomit splash stain directly outside a Shoreditch pub. Dada – art that encompasses, and offers perception on, the whole of life.

Latest in the ” Great Nights Out” series
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