Conspiracy Theory as Art

Mark Lombardi is one of the greatest artists of our time, yet few have even ever heard his name, much less become familiar with his groundbreaking works of art. Raised in upstate New York, Lombardi ended up working as the undergraduate researcher for a multimedia project on the history of government corruption titled Teapot Dome to Watergate, an exhibition that proved vital to his later development as an artist. Mark became assistant curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas, and wrote a book about the drug war.

In 1994, Mark began producing pencil drawings that connected the dots in major scandals. This work started when he began noting details regarding major scandals (BCCI, Iran-Contra-Cocaine, the Savings and Loans, etc.) on index cards so the links could be easily cross-referenced. Like Danny Casolaro, Mark was looking for “The Octopus,” the conspiratorial secret network that links organized crime with the highest levels of government and banking. But Mark quickly became overwhelmed trying to navigate all the numerous cut-outs and shell companies that cloaked these environments. That’s when he began executing huge pencil drawings that physically connected the dots.

Just to give you an idea what these drawings looked like, here’s a representative sample (above).

But you really need to view a close-up to see what’s really going on in the work (below).

I think this one particularly may have set off alarm bells over at the NSA because it reveals George Bush was two degrees from Osama bin Laden, through his association with James Bath, former director of BCCI and co-founder of Arbusto Energy with Dubya, (and also, according to wikipedia, a CIA agent). Bath was actually an Air Force Reserve party bro of Bush’s and they skipped out on a physical together that may or may not have included a drug test. He got heavily involved with jets and aviation companies, another way of saying: drugs, guns and currency smuggling, no doubt.

Mark was really doing important work. Then his marriage fell apart. They say he committed suicide by hanging himself. I suspect the real story has yet to be told, however. Mark died on March 22, 2000, nine years after Danny Casolaro was murdered for essentially blazing the trail others like me and Mark would soon follow. Research isn’t all that difficult, you see. All you have to do is connect the dots, and the evidence is out there, it’s just that the mainstream refuses to peel past the first layer of this onion.

A big piece of the puzzle came into place when the Sicilian “men of honor” broke their code of silence a few decades ago. Important books eventually came out of the Bonanno family and Gambino outfit, which represent the twin sides of the Italian mafia, one evolved from lower class “Black Hand” societies (Gambino), and the other from the more elite old money families of Sicily (Bonanno). It will take many more similar defections from many more secret societies, however (most of which show no signs of cracking anytime soon). Skull & Bones, for example, has been remarkably stout in its ability to maintain the secrets. But Bonesmen are college kids, really, even though they represent the best and brightest of the ruling Oligarchy (and whoever becomes their friends), even more powerful secret societies exist throughout worlds of banking and military. That’s just the way life works, and life is a lot more corrupt than most people realize. Of course, the establishment media will deny the existence of any secret network inside banking and military, just as Hoover denied the existence of the Italian mafia at a time when he was meeting with them inside Masonic lodges and accepting paper bags filled with cash in Central Park.

As Stephen Gaskin used to say: “There’s more than enough to go around and keep everyone in the world clothed, fed, and housed and properly cared for if only the world’s resources could be applied in a more equitable fashion.” Instead we have one percent sucking up 90 percent of the resources, and a lot of this is achieved through immense corruption. Here’s hoping the work of trail-blazers like Danny Casolaro and Mark Lombardi will some day achieve the sort of recognition it deserves.