PAINTINGS: The Collective

The Collective

Richard Bledsoe “The Collective” acrylic on canvas 30″ x 30″

Our society is having undead issues.

Zombies are all the rage right now, along with vampires. The vampire approach tries to make it seem all sexy and brooding, but only melodramatic teenage girls fall for that delusion.

From zombie movies to hit TV shows to zombie-themed walks, marathons, and proms, people are gathering to drool over rituals of cannibalism and decay. What does it say about the direction of our world that this is our version of entertainment?

There’s something more at work here than just some harmless hipster/geek trend. This kind of seepage into lite pop culture of such nihilistic decadence signals the death throes of the Post Modern era. The New Aristocracy of the Well Connected, who have used relativism as a shield for their presumptions and privileges, have been effective in whipping up mindless followers to enforce their will.  Just look at Facebook for 3 minutes, and the manipulations are clear. The remaining humans-free thinking people-are up against partisans would prefer to see civilization collapse rather than lose their grip on power.

The Zombie archetype is a manifestation of the state of soullessness that has been inflicted on our culture.The zombie horde is an accurate depiction of the consequences that come from the systematic denial of the spirit. Humanity is reduced to a rampaging, rotting mob, trying to hunt down, tear apart and devour those who are not part of the swarm.

Fortunately, the soul is stronger than anything this world can throw against it.

Remodernism stands for what endures:

“Remodernism embodies spiritual depth and meaning and brings to an end an age of scientific materialism, nihilism and spiritual bankruptcy.”

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13 thoughts on “PAINTINGS: The Collective

  1. I think your analysis of the underlying meaning of the zombie is perfect. “Others” have become the enemy; monsters that seek only to force us to become monsters like them.

    Sadly, we’ve convinced ourselves that social bonds, traditions, and morality are nothing but restraints on the individual, which should be free to define itself as it sees fit. All the current ideologies, including liberalism, Marxism, and libertarianism, assure us that nothing matters but the sovereign individual. Alienation, not liberation, is the inevitable result.

  2. Reblogged this on Wotan's Spear and commented:
    “There’s something more at work here than just some harmless hipster/geek trend. This kind of seepage into lite pop culture of such nihilistic decadence signals the death throes of the Post Modern era. The New Aristocracy of the Well Connected, who have used relativism as a shield for their presumptions and privileges, have been effective in whipping up mindless followers to enforce their will. Just look at Facebook for 3 minutes, and the manipulations are clear. The remaining humans-free thinking people-are up against partisans would prefer to see civilization collapse rather than lose their grip on power.” ~Excerpt

  3. You neglected the prime opportunity to mention “Zombie Formalism”, which is a kind of nearly conceptual, inexpressive, formal abstraction perfect for the corporate boardroom: http://hyperallergic.com/169198/who-has-the-cure-for-zombie-formalism/

    I’m not sure about your political analysis of who likes zombies and why. Zombies are also very popular in Asia, and it may be the world over. I had a student in China who chose as his English name, “Zombie”. There’s a love of horror, and zombies are a great way to get lots and lots of grotesque creatures and infinite blood and gore.

    However, I’m not a fan of zombie movies myself, as I completely prefer sci-fi over horror. I’m just not sure if you are saying zombie movies are popular with people because people are becoming metaphoric mental zombies themselves, or if people like them because they identify with real humans (with “souls” as you would say) surrounded by a thronging mass of metaphoric mental zombies.

    I like that painting!

  4. I too like the painting.
    I don’t understand the zombie thing myself, but then there’s a lot I don’t understand.
    Art is not the problem. The behavior of humans is the problem.

  5. […] Now personally, I’m an old punk rocker. Punk’s creeds of individuality, distrust of authority, and sincere belief in the transformative power of participating in your own culture are ideas as American as baseball.  I learned early to value passionate intensity in art, which can lead to less than polished accomplishments. I’m inspired by all sorts of creative expression by unconventionally talented individuals. My paintings tend to be dark and strange. […]

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