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

The Emporer’s new spots..

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 are 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


*Addendum 2019; English artist Stuart Semple uses the LD floor spot protest concept in his admirable expose of Anish Kapoor’s mean-minded refusal to share his “blackest black” Vantablack paint with other artists.


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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 “


  • 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 works 619 / 620 : Turning the Art world Outside-In / Uninsideout

Location; Deutsche Bank London offices, October 2012. Inside the lavishly-appointed reception lobby reside artworks by Anish Kapoor ( mirrored stainless steel ball titled ” Turning the world upside down” (1996); and by Damien Hirst ( spot painting “Biotin-Maleimide” (1995).

DB lobby

Photo c. Bloomberg


Carefully-alligned photographs taken through the toughened glass pane of the lobby from a stance on the pavement outside show a real time superimposition of the works over reflections of the road and buildings opposite to the bank in Winchester Street, EC2. Thus the two works of art, worth millions of dollars between them, are effectively removed from their cloistered molly-coddled pretentious high brow environment and incorporated into an appropriated street art setting – now eminently accessible to the public. ( a kind of turning of art inside out). A unique opportunity for the discening collector to invest in the first examples of appropriation art of its kind. ( internet date stamp registered)
Concept and photographs by Michael St.Mark


biotin malemide st
Biotin-Maleimide Street
c. Michael St.Mark 2012

Edition of 50; purchase details
July 2015;  edition sold out – to register interest in a re-sale print email


turning the world outside in

Turning the World Outside In / uninsideout
c. Michael St. Mark 2012