Armistice Day

100 years since Armistice Day, November 1918. High Time for an amended poppy design- one that not only remembers the fallen in all wars, but also demands from politicians no more unjustified conflicts in which our brave men are sent to die for little more than big business interests tarted-up as worthy causes by the despicable mainstream media in train with bent politicians.

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The Bullet Holes of Peace / Ban this Sick Filth
Michael St.Mark 2014

London Dada Work from 2014, re-posted at 7.30am on July 1st 2016, 100 years to the minute when 20,000 British troops were sent to pointless deaths on the Somme on the back of the deceit of politicians and bumbling incompetence of the military generals.

” 20,000 lives for 3 square miles” – M. St.M

Echoing and reminding also of the obscene debacle that was the illegal Iraq war and forthcoming Chilcot inquiry report on the bare-faced lies told by this country’s then prime minister as justification to go to war with a country not threatening this one in the slightest.

Cenotaph Blair

Cenotaph Blair _________________________ Art Axis 2012” “Tony Blair – an infamous legacy writ large in the blood of a million innocents “

Cenotaph Blair ( Damaged Goods edition )
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” I feel now, as I felt then; that the politicians who took us to war should have been given guns and told to settle it themselves instead of instigating what is nothing less than legalized mass murder ” – Harry Patch, last surviving WW1 soldier

The war is based on a glaring mistake – men have been confused with machines” – Hugo Ball, father of Dada, 1916

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Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime …
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under I green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, —
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
( ” It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s country ” )

No sanitized cenotaph memorials here

LONDON DADA Work No. 690; The Bullet Holes of Peace / ” Ban This Sick Filth “

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The Bullet Holes of Peace (Vs. 1 & 2)
c. Michael St.Mark & Art Axis 2014

Digital collage featuring images from WW1 and the Iraq war impregnated with green holes, green being the opposite (contrasting ) color to (blood) red; symbolizing the acute need for radical change in consciousnesses in humanity; for each individual to be shot with “bullets of peace”.

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Dada was founded in Zurich in 1916 essentially as a protest movement against the horrors of World War 1 – a totally unnecessary conflict, killing millions and sparked by corrupt politicians brainwashing the masses into active participation. By-passing WW2, a war that was legitimate of course in that Hitler was aggressively threatening the entire world…and on to the Iraq debacle that had strong echoes of similar pointlessness and mass destruction as WW1; precipitated by two cowardly and despicable leaders backed by morally bankrupt Parliamentary / Capitol Hill MPs / Senators – each one shamelessly motivated by unspoken promise of personal career-advancement.
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Here, in this penultimate Work, Dada goes full circle; back to its core roots of anti-war expression, with almost 100 years now gone by and sadly with addition of the heinous war crime that was the Iraq invasion.
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The Bullet Holes of Peace (Vs. 1 )

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