Plasticon – No. 61 (Rothko)

• “No. 61 (Rothko)” exquisitely set to a fan-created video. Thanks to TheClasswarKaraoke.

7.7 “Great Alternative Dance from England”

Single, released February 2015.

This was another great track heard on Rocker’s March 2015 show on Dandelion Radio.

Plasticon are a London-based duo comprising Jeremy Gluck who supplies the voice and words and Don Tyler the music and production. Sublime electronic pop in the spirit of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire and more, but with a fresh paranoid vision that deserves your attention!

This is Death
This is what I am
Everything seems to take place
In a dream where I am already dead
A living afterlife

On February 25, 1970, Oliver Steindecker, Rothko’s assistant, found the artist in his kitchen, lying dead on the floor in front of the sink, covered in blood. He had sliced his arms with a razor found lying at his side. The autopsy revealed that he had also overdosed on anti-depressants. He was sixty-six years old. The Seagram Murals arrived in London for display at the Tate Gallery on the very day of his suicide.

Rothko said, There must be a clear preoccupation with death – intimations of mortality… Tragic art, romantic art, etc., deals with the knowledge of death.

In May 2012, Mark Rothko’s 1961 painting Orange, Red, Yellow (#693 in Anfam’s catalogue raisonné) was sold by Christie’s in New York for $86.9 million, setting a new nominal-value record for a postwar painting at a public auction. Several of his works have attracted sales figures of tens of millions.

As I was just saying the other day, Gregory Isaacs remains alive in endless time and endless art. Clearly, the same is true for poor old, dear old Rothko.

Plasticon’s fine tune is available on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp, a fair deal more reasonable than $86.9 million, I’m sure we can all agree…

 

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