St Pauls â€“ a late afternoon plunge, from Flooded London, 2009 by Squint Opera, a series imagining London in 2090.
TheÂ 2010 Art For Oil Diary isÂ available now, price Â£5, full of illustrations likeÂ Squint Operaâ€™s depiction of a man diving into the flooded ruins of St Paulâ€™s Cathedral in a London flooded by rising waters. Itâ€™s a good snapshot of art as agitprop, containing works byÂ Peter Kennard & Cat Picton Phillipps,Â Beehive Collective,Â Pedro Inoue and theÂ Ultimate Holding Company.
If you want to argue that agit-prop strenghtens the resolve of the converted and increases the distance between them and those whose minds really do need to change then this is a casebook study, but hey, as a mass of work it does have real energy. The works that donâ€™t beat you over the head with visions of a dystopian future often work better, like UHCâ€™sÂ trees breathe, ads suck taken from theirÂ Spring Shrouds series, originally commissioned by agit-comedian Mark Thomas, in which the Manchester collective covered 100 ad shells with plain white shrouds.
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