Dada and the Eye of God. Work No. 1001


Dada and the Eye of God
© Michael St.Mark 2018

 

Found traffic-battered relic (c. 50 yrs of constant use ) Cat’s Eye on disused – the old A76 , now by-passed – Kilmarnock to Dumfries road. Click x2 to expand the image and fuller appreciation.

” What becomes of us.. is infinite individualized union with the One” – M. St.M

 

 

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LONDON DADA Work 1000; Set the Spots Free, Free Art from its Sterile Straightjacket

Last in the Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall Dada Infiltration mini series

” Who let the spots out ? ”


Let the spots be Free  /  Free Art from Limitation
© Art Axis 2018

Direct action Work

Multicolored paper spots 1cm dia scattered in front of one of many Damien Hirst spot paintings hung in Houghton Hall, Norfolk earlier this year.

Links to the three  previous Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall photo Works posted to our Flikr archive resource.

The Hats Make the Couple
Free Art from its Dark Prison
Highlight of the Show

Links in principle to London Dada protest Happening Tate Modern Transition from 2016

The artist expands awareness and when the breakthrough is made, this becomes part of the general awareness ” -William S. Burroughs

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Links to Damien Hirst‘s blatant plagiarism of London Dada;s ” Log Fish – An Unbelievable treasure from the Deep ” for his cynical 2017 Venice show ” Treasures from the wreck of the unbelievable “

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  • Where do the spots go from here?  ( published 04 / 09/ 2018 )The boy Hirst exhausted his regimented spots way back, then this year at Houghton Hall he exhibited them loosened and slightly overlapping..
    Also at HH were London Dada’s spots, freed from their 2D world and out, but static, on the floor.
    So artist Michael St.Mark proposes a giant see-thru perspex container to occupy Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, over which visitors cross on suspended walkways, underneath which, near the floor, are a bank of industrial AC fans that set  hundreds of thousands of mono or multicoloured wafer-thin environmentally- friendly plastic or paper spots in a perpetual swirling snowstorm within the container.
    Alternatively, and probably logistically more straightforward, would be to fit the Hall with a  grid-like network or challenging maze of large ( c. 7 -8ft ) diameter tubes, through which the spots are blown and circulated – and of course also through which visitors walk. A marvellous and guaranteed crowd-pulling visually immersive spectacle and experience – and at last the spots are airborne en masse and literally surrounding the public, thus finally democratising them – and the idea herewith given to Maria Balshaw for safe keeping.

London Dada public safety alert II. Smart Motorways, Genius Roadworks

Location; M1 between junctions 16 & 19 ( click to enlarge )

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Highways England‘s much publicized roadworks project, “upgrading to smart motorways”,  in which the present hard shoulder is being converted into a separate traffic lane to be used during periods of congestion ( much of the time ). Emergency refuges are being created between the two junctions in case of emergencies.. but Highways England neglect to explain how they plan to deal with a vehicle breaking down between the refuges and being unable to move ( a likely common scenario ).
Is that really so smart?

More serious at the present time ( July – ? 2018 ) is Highways England‘s incredulous use of tarmac-colored steel crash barriers ( again, see above ) to protect workers engaged in various works on the hard shoulder in preparation for the smart lane.

You have to say, the choice of color to exactly match the road is not smart – it’s out and out genius. In this key safety area Highways England have well and truly excelled themselves.

As the above digital collage shows, even in clear dry conditions the barriers appear uncannily akin to an inside lane of the same road.

Why has no-one noticed, or complained about the obvious danger to life of these same-color barriers – that are being extensively used – leading to pile-ups, when less aware or tired motorists may well mistake them for another lane and veer into them, especially in bad light or wet conditions where HGV wheel spray often seriously impairs vision ahead. Perhaps “ghost lane” accidents have already occurred?

Highways England management; you are invited to immediately instigate the repainting or the addition of standout graphics to all tarmac-gray crash barriers being used in your various current and planned smart motorway upgrades, before their name becomes commonly all too tragically literal.

Michael St.Mark
July 23rd 2018

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Recent compliance victory involving Highways England’s complacence in the face of urgent road safety improvements.

Compliance M25

World Cup TV Sorted ( does he Not like blue )

Defeats to France in the qualifying stages was the main reason Holland failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup..
Title refers to Graham Taylor’s England squad being beaten by the Netherlands in 1993 ” Do I not like orange”

More LD football-related posts.

World Cup 2018. Work No. 242, England Football Fan (2006 ) – 5th generation re-post

England Football Fan
( a long-running disaster )
Post ’66 Archetype
(c) Michael St.Mark 2006

( Concrete assemblage work incorporating disconnected electric fan containing three crushed and discarded lager cans, painted plastercast fanatical chav supporter face and Prozac anti-depressant capsules ) Detail EFF Close up mouth 1aEFF Prozac1a
Exhibition query or sale price of this work by private application

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Created in 2006 to mark England’s World Cup exit, subsequently revisited / re-posted for the 2010 World Cup2012 Euros2014 World Cup2016 Euros  ( links to associated posts )  and now the turn of  2018 World Cup in Russia. While the pay view TV & other media clean up along with sales of lager & Smart TVs hitting the jackpot, the question we have to ask ourselves is ” can England even get out of their group with World Cup penalty-misser Southgate in charge?
Can it get any worse than the FA’s blue-eyed boy plodder Hodgson era?

Updates (of doom?) tf…..

08/07/2018 After scraping through the group of minnows, they’re through to the semi-finals of a major tournament – first time since the Euros in 1990.  The media in raptures and talk of the Cup returning home.

Do we sense the hand of an unseen player called Putin about to be raised… *
UPDATE, (post Croatia game ) … in the form of the biased / paid off?  ref’ called Cuneyt Cakir ( no comment ).
* – or the foot of God ™ .…. raised

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14/7/2018
England out of the Cup and a further defeat to Belgium lands them in 4th place.

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This, the final posting of ” England Football Fan” after 12 long years of post-tournament Prozac-munching by the poor short-changed fans; before its transfer to the London Dada sales catalogue.

( POA ) sales@londondada.com
A recent comment on Twitter pretty well sums things up regarding the state of play of the “boot’iful game” – as well as just about everywhere else – here in uber-congested “anger land”..

 

 

 

Grenfell ( Greenfield) Anniversary & the Dada Green Spots of Peace

Updated post from June 2017

 

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( #Grenfell first Anniversary Update. For 14th June 2018 )
Work No 974B; The Green Spots of Peace Rest HERE
Michael St.Mark 2018

Dada Green spots of renewal on Tate Modern stack 16th June 2016

The Dada green spots of peace synchronizing with the color green chosen on the first anniversary to symbolize the range of heartfelt emotions associated with the aftermath of the Grenfell fire that killed 71 people ( official figure only ) . A Sea of Green for Grenfell
An easily avoidable tragedy is an even more terrible tragedy ” – Michael St.Mark

In solidarity with the Grenfell survivors in their fight for justice and for those responsible by neglect to be brought to justice; 300 Dada green spots of peace, ( symbolizing roughly the official number of people living in the block, although with Ramadam there may well have been more there at the time of the fire )  scattered within the 6191 London Dada gallery, Shoreditch

THE SEVEN TENETS OF DADA

by Michael St. Mark ( re-post from 2014 )

THE SEVEN TENETS OF LONDON DADA
Represented by six bright green spots with one central ( unifying One-Ness ) spot.

by Michael St.Mark ( based on the founding group of Dadaists’ collective vision )

1. Radical art innovations
2. New art inventions / concepts
3. Morally-motivated art protest against corruption and injustice as well as fearless critical analysis of contemporary art
4. Perceptive societal and political commentary expressed through art.
5. Serendipity / chance or random art expressions
6. Humour ( dry, whimsical or sardonic )
7. Multimedia expressions of the One-ness of life. ( central green spot )

( The 7 tenets are ever present, often in various combinations within Dada Works )

The Dadaist is convinced of the overall connection between all entities and beings ” – Hugo Ball, father of Dada

Dada is essentially the search for a new morality” -R. Heulsenbeck, Dada co-founder

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#GrenfellTower The Buck Stops Here
(c) Michael St.Mark 16/6/17

Rest In Peace all who lost their lives … a moment’s silent reflection on the extra terrible tragedy that is an easily avoidable tragedy

Work No. 974; #GrenfellTower; The Buck Stops Here
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Photo montage in the Dada moral protest tradition, self-explanaTORY in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy c/w long shameful legacy of the Conservatives changing housing law and relaxing safety legislation in order to profit their landlord and developer friends with scant concern for the millions of people forced to live in unfit or unsafe accomodation thereby.

Architect and fire expert Sam Webb said: ” We are still wrapping post-war high-rise buildings in highly flammable materials and leaving them without sprinkler systems installed, then being surprised when they burn down. I really don’t think the building industry understands how fire behaves in buildings and how dangerous it can be. Past and present Tory governments’ mania for deregulation means our current safety standards just aren’t good enough.”

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Excellent article in The Guardian by Jonathan Freedland giving accurate info, background and sane analysis on Grenfell. ( double click enlarge to access the text )
” A Prime Minister who dare not meet her people is truly done for ”

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Longstanding Tory deregulation links to London Dada Work No. 644; A Fitting Memorial ( 2013 )

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Reproduction permissions; press@londondada.com

The Emperor’s New Spots

Every Little Assistant Helps
Every Little Assistant Helps ( readymade ‘homage’ to Damien )
c. Art Axis 2012

£2.89 schoolkids’ wired notebook cover from a well-known large supermarket retail outlet mounted in a passe partout hardwood frame.
250 mm x 337mm ( incl. frame )

( One worldwide.  POA. info@LondonDada.co.uk )

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From an original Hirst. Spot the difference

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Spots freed

Where could the great man have noticed those 3 “innovations” before?

TURNER protest spots leaflet
London Dada’s 2016 Turner Prize protest leaflet + freed spots image, as featured online here

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Ever wondered where the world’s wealthiest artist gets his inspiration?
Take a peek at the creative source material and overall concept Hirst blatantly & shamelessly stole for his recent ” Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable ” show.

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“Everybody goes, did you actually paint them? I don’t know why that’s important in art.

“If you live in a Frank Gehry house, it’s not important to you that he laid the bricks.

And I see myself more like a kind of architect in the way that I make things, than a painter, even if I’m making paintings.

– Damien Hirst, March 2018

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The problem for Hirst – not that he cares – is that as with Treasures.., he’s now not even the architect – having stolen the entire original concept, the title and presentation mode of his Venetian show hook line and sinker, along with the usual employing of talented craftsmen forced beforehand to sign away any public claim to having made the objects in connection with Hirst.

So that leaves the wealthiest artist in the world defined as little more than a common thief, bereft of artistic merit – a 1 trick parrot squawking and hopping around in a bent cage called the international art market that he’s made his world, which comprises the only people on the planet who somehow overlook the obvious and flatter a dullard’s crude plagiarism to the heavens – but then only on the basis that it enriches them financially one way or another to so do.

Perhaps the man may be at least dimly aware of that by now..
M. St.M