I have been in Iceland and attended the Reykjavik Art Festival, and having studied the "Icelandic Philosophical Art Movement" and thus I am inspired to find where the convergences of art and reality meet, and exploit those points of convergence in order to find a deeper interpretation of reality through art.
"An art is nothing other than a way of making a cosmos take hold in a work of art, as a work of art, in time and space of the work. A cosmos nearby and brief, dazzling and elusive, furtive, but a cosmos nonetheless, that is, a possiblity of sense"......"Our time symbolizes with a world at a loss, or at the moment of birth. Art is the techinque of accessing the inaccessible composition of a world, and the ordeal of it's opening- or of its being torn apart."
- Jean Luc Nancy, "Possiblity of Sense"
Inspired by Eurospy films, Austin Powers, "In Like Flint" and "Our Man Flint", James Bond films, 60's spy culture, 60's erotic spy books like "The Man from T.O.M.C.A.T" and "The Coxeman" and "The Man from O.R.G.Y." and "The Man from S.T.U.D." and "The Baroness" and "Valentine Flynn Series" and "The Lady from Lust" and "Cherry Delight" and Operation Hang Ten" and "Operator" and "Christopher Cool- Teen Agent" and "The Man from M.O.D." and "Agent of T.E.R.R.A." and "The Miss from S.I.S." and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "The Mod Squad" and "The Avengers" and "The Cat" and "I, Spy" and "Get Smart" and the 60s counter-culture spy fiction written on hash by Adam Diment such as "The Dolly Dolly Birds" and "The Great Spy Race", "The Girl Called Fathom", "Modesty Blaise", "Terror of Intent" by Anthony Burgess, "Yolandi", "Captain Kennedy", "Agent X", "Agent 0008", "The Man from Planet X", "Agent 13" and all the fun, various espionage books, films, tv shows, the fun and thrill of it all. What does it mean? Is it purely entertainment? Is James Bond just a film and real-life espionage a dreary job that lacks the romance and thrill of the films? Yes and No to all questions and answers. Performance Art, in it's role of using the artist's body in works of art, the body itself, it's actions, all into a medium of expressions to give underlying meanings to existential angst. The role of the Superspy, a hero, a commando, a ninja, someone who kicks butt, in the game of espionage that makes up an intricate web of intrigue, a game of strange rules and rules broken, the structure of which spy films undergo a montage of missions, the problem, the troublemakers, the dossiers of them introduced to the audience, the problem-solver, which is the Agent who kicks ass, and then the adversaries and orgasmic climaxes in the end, with a charming nightclub scene and sexy scenes spiced in. The Sixties Eurospy film genre wasn't just a fad or entertainment, it was a celebration. Just as Jim Morrison wrote "Celebration of the Lizard King" the Eurospy film scene had their "Celebration of the Superspy". They were celebrating being human, in the shadow of death, but have no fear, for they are stronger, they have the Ubermensch within, to win over death, to overcome the struggles that plague humankind.
'No other medium has so forecfully resisted and denounced categorisation'- Simon Herbert "Bread and Circuses".
Thus, in going beyond the boundaries of childhood/adult fantasy of James Bond roleplay, I utilize performance art as a medium to express myself in ways that I want to, rather than resisting myself and "not being myself' by 'selling out' to 'art-conformism'. In a Critical Thinking Intellectual Autonomous analysis of passion, desire, inspiration, muse as an artist, I decided that by trying to engage in espionage missions as a superspy, was a way to fullfill my fantasies and to bring out my medium of expression. Since the Eurospy film and James Bond has fullfilled a role in art in bringing espionage and art to the cinema and mediums, it was wiggled it's way into art, into my lap, of which I fancied that being James Bond or Austin Powers or Derek Flint as a performance artist was an adventure, an extreme-extreme sport unlike no other. Since I am a martial artist, I can express myself as an artist by using my fighting skills in my performance art, such as fighting Dr. Evil's henchmen or Blofield's henchmen. So, where was I to gather my intel? At my whimsy, as luck would have it, I found a book, "The Dirty Rotten Depriving Ray" by Mallory T. Knight, a Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. adventure.
THE DIRTY ROTTEN DEPRIVING RAY!
As an artist, I have decided to use this book as Intel, short for Intelligence, for my Performance Art as playing the role of Tim O'Shane and looking for the mountain lair of Alexander Graham Wang, chief of MOM-ZA, in Siglutfjordur, a fishing village in northern Iceland, a hour away from Akuyeyri.
The Dirty Rotten Depriving Ray emits a special kind of radiation that prevents people from having sex, thus the human race dies out, and thats when MOM-ZA can create the Super Race (Kinda like Moonraker).
I am on a mossy park nested between mountains as a survey the volcanoes and mountains that surround the small herring fishing village of Siglutfjordur. I look for clues, in the village and the mountains. Surely I need more intel, such as red infared light scans from a satellite, which aracheologists use to find places to dig for human remains and artifacts. Since I still consider the case open and not closed, I am not quite done with this "mission". Since the book was written in it's inception in 1967, during the Sexual Revolution of the Sixties and the Spy Craze, the question is, is this good 'intel'? Is there really some sort of a Wang or Dr. Evil lurking in a mountain lair? Such a lair is quite feasible. Miles of tunnel has been dug through these mountains in a few days. However, some mountains take forever to tunnel due to it's dangerous problems. The fact arises that nothing has happened since 1967, to show us that there is an underground lair or "Dirty Rotten Depriving Ray" tells us that this books is pure fantasy and nothing more? Such a question poses arguments for the sublimation of reality and fantasy, fact and fiction, for is art fantasy and fiction, or is art also a medium which can give us factual, empirical science, such as representational figurative paintings, hyper-realism, for in art there is no direction from which one can infer to a given; it is in the viewer and the response that creates a sensation of being in the art, for is there art without the viewer seeing the art? If a tree falls in the woods, can anyone hear it? In such a similar theory, if a work of art creates fictional characters and actions, can anyone in reality experience it as non-fiction? Thus this body of work, "Operation Performance Art: The Dirty Rotten Depriving Ray" is to find those boundaries between the polarities of reality and fantasy, and where they merge, it is at those precise points where they merge, is the Intel, the data from which missions are made.
Brief Description of Proposal:
I am creating a multi-media presentation of various media, in which I have provided 'installation plans' for details in jpeg. I will paint the walls in psychedelic trip visuals, hang paintings, have an installation provided, some sculptures, a looped video in projection, further video projections, sound art, and performance art. My goal is to create an ambience of a "Happening" that mixes my art theory of "Artspionage" that is inspired by the Sixties Spy-craze and counter-culture. I wish to transform the gallery into a different world.
David Cardamone Resume
Solo show at Edison High School Library. Full room filled with David's work. 1992
Awarded a study at Marie Walsh Art Sharpe Foundation in Colorado where David studied painting with Charles Pancer and Janet Fish for two weeks at the age of 17 in summer of 1992
Solo show at Living Arts. David was only 19 when he had his first solo show at Living Arts in the summer of 1993. The art show is videotaped and uploaded on David's youtube page.
David won Oklahoma Scholastic Art awards and one of his art peices belongs to their collection. in 1993. The award ceremony is uploaded on David's youtube page. https://youtu.be/jeGCn4YQNpk?list=PLAA476191DAC14D14
National Scholastics Award, 90's.
Video art screenings at Living Arts, 90's. Various shows. https://youtu.be/YDlrymUmaog?list=PLAA476191DAC14D14
David was interviewed by Tulsa Public Schools and was shown on air on Educational Television. The segment is uploaded on David's youtube. https://youtu.be/pvaot1Mj43A?list=PLAA476191DAC14D14
Awarded various scholarships to attend Kansas City Art Institute. Attended KCAI in photo/video/new media from 1993-2000.
Numerous performances at Kansas City Art Institute. About 30-50 performances. Some are uploaded on David's youtube.
Poetry published in KCAI poetry journal. Art published in KCAI flyers and booklets.
David has hosted "High Brow Films", showing art films on Sundays at KCAI, as well as designing the film posters.
David fought 30 professional kickboxing and MMA fights on Extreme Kickboxing, Extreme Fighting in Tulsa, other places in Oklahoma, OKC, Ring of Fire twice in Springfield, Missouri. The majority of the fights were broadcasted on Fox 23 and seen by hundreds of thousands of people per show, and also Japan TV. Many of his fights are uploaded on his youtube, and a fight compilation is also in the work samples. David feels that he is fighting as "an artist as fighter" and not just a fighter, but as an artist. He says his fights are works of art and have a lot of dynamic structure to which the fight is more of an art peice rather than just a fight. David feels that there shouldn't be a restriction to the artist's medium and wishes to be himself, rather to be pretentious. Thus he considers his fights as a part of his art peices. So, these 30 fights count as 30 exhibitions.
Black Belt Tai Jitsu 1992 Apollo's Karate
2nd Degree Tai Jitsu Black Belt 2002 Apollo's Karate
3rd Degree Tai Jitsu Black Belt 2005 Apollo's Karate
30 Pro Fights: 19 Wins: 9KO, 4Sub, 4Dec, 2TKO. 11 Loss: 1KO, 1 Sub, 8Dec, 1TKO.
8 Champion Fights: Won 6 Champ Belts: 4 MidAmerican Lightweight MMA Champion Belts, 1 MidAmerican Lightweight Kickboxing Champion Belt, 1 MidAmerican Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Belt.
X-5 Tapout Submission of the Night Award by Triton April 23, 2005.
highlights of his fights can be seen here: https://youtu.be/CndCBLrx6xQ?list=PLF8815095B7E12325
Various film screenings at Tulsa Overground Film Festival, 2003, 2005, 2007.. 2014, 2015.
Film Screening at ? Tulsa Film Festival..
David is deaf and yet makes electronic music and is inspired by musicians like Bjork.
Live electronic music performance at OKElectric, Living Arts of Tulsa 2007 (in class)
Live Electronic music peformance at Under the Mooch Record store, 2008
Attended Reykjavik Art Festival for many weeks in Iceland 2015
Attended Reykjavik Art Festival for many weeks in Iceland 2016
studied extensively Iceland's "Philosophical Art Movement".