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

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

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

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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. )

For purchase availability on all the above Works please contact the 691 Gallery

About London Dada

London Dada Work No. 647; When all the SFX are done


When All the Special Effects are Done..
© Michael St.Mark 2013

.. and all the pretty patterns are more or less painted, printed and drawn; it’s time for art to go beyond the retinal, to dig beneath the surface of things, with the Power Tool of Perception / PTP ™  without suffering fear-based punitive exclusion from the mainstream media.

( billboard advertising Hayward Gallery’s ” Light Show” , Shoreditch EC1, 2013 )

Tawdry definition;
” Showy, flashy,  superficial… lacking in depth or real meaning ”


More cheap shot gigantism – Hayward gallery 3D SFX from late 2012.
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( c. Art Axis / London Dada )

Skilled craftsmanship that entertains in a startling, funfair kind of way – sure.
But thought-provoking, challenging, enlightening? Well….

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London Dada work 571; Pictures at an Exhibition/The Large Glass II

Hayward Gallery
Pictures at an Exhibition / The Large Glass II
( Million man ready-made)
Dada-appropriated public work in progress, Bermondsey.
c. by Dingo 2012

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Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass (progressive Dada work through 1915-1923 )