THE ART OF DEATH VERSUS THE DEATH OF ART

Damien Hirst Humped The Shark:

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” (1991)

The arts are undergoing a crisis of relevance. People have been so alienated by the weird dysfunctions of the establishment art world for so long, there is little awareness of what is being advanced as the visual representations of our culture.

This stuff matters more than people know. Art shows us who we are, and it shows us how to be. Right now the arts are dominated by destructive nihilists. Look at what they do, to understand what the elites are trying to program as our way to live.

There is a longstanding artistic tradition of the momento mori: “remember you must die.”

The reality of our own mortality, and coming to terms with it, is a vital function of traditional art. Making something exquisite out of the way of all flesh is a transcendental act. It has been expressed in many ways. Throughout art history, skulls make appearances in paintings, on jewelry, on clocks and watches. Dutch masters painted beautifully naturalistic oil still lifes referred to as vanitas, which included images of bones, snuffed lamps, and hourglasses. They not only celebrated the refined talents of the painters, they implied pending decay.

Pieter Claesz “Vanitas Still Life” (1630) 

The tradition continued over the centuries. In a more recent example, Modernist American painter Georgia O’Keeffe utilized animal skulls and flowers to similar effect. It’s the kind of universal communication that makes art so powerful.

Georgia O’Keeffe “Summer Days” (1936) 

As Christians, we understand our true life is not limited to this earth, but is life eternal granted by the grace of the Son of God. Still, awareness of the briefness of our time here on earth is a powerful motivator. “I am writing this book because we’re all going to die,” mused Beat author Jack Kerouac. He was determined to deliver his story as a supplication to the Lord. Kerouac wanted to make something holy out of all his striving, opening himself to God before the darkness came.

Contemporary art has a different message for us: death as something awkward, gross, and shameful. This is typified by the richest living artist in the world: Damien Hirst.

Choke Artist: Damian Hirst

Hirst has been well rewarded for making death seem supreme. It’s said this hack is worth $1 billion. What put British artist Hirst on the fast track in the first place could be seen as a momento mori of a kind, but with some important caveats.

Hirst was trying to make that connection in his title. Called The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, the 1991 piece was a fourteen foot long taxidermied tiger shark suspended in a tank of formaldehyde. Since its creation it has changed hands several times, for a price suggested to be as high as $12 million.

Now, Hirst did not catch the shark. He did not stuff the shark. He did not build the tank, or suspend the beast in it. He is a “Conceptual artist.” The idea of Conceptual art is all the artist needs is to have the idea. Others execute it, often by just putting some already existing item like a shark into a new context of a gallery or museum. The artist then acts as a well-networked and “controversial” spokesmodel for their commercialized brand. This business model was most visibly pioneered by Pop artist Andy Warhol, who made some vanitas himself.

Andy Warhol “Skull” (1976)

While Warhol usually sold product placements and celebrity portraits, HIrst’s brand is carcasses. It’s claimed nearly 1 million animals have been processed through his industrial scale artistic abattoir, ranging from butterflies to zebras. He’s advanced from having them merely displayed; they are sliced, diced, contorted and flayed, as per his “vision.” As Hirst has callously stated, he wants to “kill things in order to look at them,” and “Cut us in half, we’re all the fucking same.”

Damien Hirst “Piggy” 

I don’t claim any special virtue for myself. I’m a happy meat eater, and I understand what that means. But what Hirst promotes is far from the traditional momento mori of art. There’s no acknowledgement of the urgency of human experience, the profound significance of life in the face of its certain end. The hands off approach from its originator removes the spiritual resonance of creation in spite of destruction. Hirst implies we are just meat to be manipulated and exploited. It’s an ugly and empty message.

Hirst doesn’t even provide quality in the work he has done in his name. Despite the hype, I’ve seen descriptions of encounters with the shark which say what was once was a magnificent animal looks about as impactful as an overstuffed sofa, lost in the white void of the museum. The original shark rotted away in its tank, and had to be replaced. The contemporary art market is place of such cognitive dissonance there is a hearty debate on whether swapping the shark out meant the artwork was now worthless.

My take? It was worthless in the first place.

Hirst seems to have gotten into the carrion business because he lacks real artistic talent or discernment. After Hirst became a brand name, when he wanted to come up with a mass production way to cash in, he produced the inane spot paintings. I can’t picture a bigger failure in imagination or interest than these generic Twister rip offs. Still, thousands of these have been cranked out by hired help, selling for tens of thousands of dollars each. It’s a way for tasteless but wealthy patrons to partake in Hirst’s rotten prestige in a sterile way, without worrying about formaldehyde leaks.

Damien Hirst

Some People Actually Pay For This: A Hirst Spot Painting

Hirst is still flogging dead horses and more to maintain his top tier art market status. His latest gimmick is ironically putting paint onto a canvas himself, though I wouldn’t go so far as to grace the efforts with the status of paintings.

Spotty Accomplishments: Hirst Cherry Blossoms

Ultimately elites celebrate artists like Hirst because they have a death wish: they wish the rest of us would die, or at least be as passive as corpses while the powerful abuse and pillage our society. The establishment contributes to our destruction by replacing art with icons of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual deterioration.

A previous version of this article appeared in The Masculinist.

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WE LOST A CENTURY OF CULTURE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT ART WORLD’S FAILURES AND MANIPULATIONS. THE NEXT CENTURY CAN BE OURS.

Norman Rockwell “The Connoisseur”

The American attorney and art collector John Quinn (April 14, 1870 – July 28, 1924) had a great insight about the avant-garde works he supported in the early decades of the twentieth century. He described his times as “an age of experiment rather than accomplishment.”

Quinn was describing the rise of Modern art. As early as the late 1700s, it was clear Classical art, reiterations of the ancient achievements of the Greeks, Romans, and Renaissance, did not adequately reflect the temper of the times. But what could? Modern artists bravely tried to find out.

It’s the nature of honest experimentation that failure is more common than success. In science a theory is proposed, tests are conducted, and the results are measured and analyzed, compared to the predicted outcome. But how can novel artistic experiences be rated?

Perhaps there is a fundamental test for art. Ultimately, art is a form of spiritual communication. Does the art deliver a sense of communion, connection, the eternal fellowship of humanity in a recognizable form? That would be successful art.

Much of Modern art’s attempts failed to reach those standards. Yet extreme experiments persisted, even as the appreciation dwindled. Like Spinal Tap, Modern art’s appeal became more selective. For some powerful people, that fulfilled an important non-artistic need: a new means for status signaling.

Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan

Sold for $52 million in 2017

Any old sap could like skillfully created, beautiful, and meaningful art. Elitists had to flip the script, and make embracing the failed experiments, the ugly and obscure, the new standard of rarified taste. The establishment cultivated a culture war to preserve their isolating Mandarin authority.

We are all the poorer for it. For over a century now institutional support has been funneled into art meant not to unite, but to divide. Museums, galleries, and wealthy patrons warped the course of artistic evolution towards alienation, transgression, and incompetence, all the better to shock the bourgeois they despised. One hundred plus years of inverted snobbery was inflicted upon us. We’ll never know what might have been, what aesthetic glories the land of the free could have produced, without that interference.

This Is What The Gentry Class Fills Our Museums With. Sad!

It’s even worse now, in the Postmodern era. As I scan the art world’s official organs, I see nothing but partisan propaganda, leftist activism misidentified as art. These feeble efforts are deader than Lenin in his glass coffin, but all those who aspire to belong to the ruling caste must shuffle past and pay homage.

One of Postmodern Art Star Banksy’s Half Assed Editorial Cartoons Masquerading as Art

Those who we trusted as the caretakers of our culture betrayed us. We’ve had no support for art that reflects the true character of the United States, our might, goodness, and freedom. But the times are changing, and art can lead the way.

Cultural thought leaders look stupid propping up the absurdity they’ve made into the status quo. They’ve got no creditability left to squander. Their institutions are beyond reform. It’s time to start over. It’s a good place to be, because an American’s natural habitat is the frontier.

Even as Postmodernism undergoes its death throes, a new understanding is rising in the populace. The people are regaining the powers which have been usurped from them. This is the beginning of the Remodern era, and it’s informed by American principles. As I state in my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is the latest iteration of the American character: ordinary people working as explorers and inventors, optimistic, self-reliant and productive. The Remodernist artist formulates expressions of personal liberty in pursuit of higher meaning and significance. Remodernism is the pursuit of excellence. We don’t grovel before the current cultural gatekeepers, we want to interact with everyone. We are story tellers. We make a complex art for complex times. We are the swing of the pendulum.

The “art as experiment” analogy really isn’t quite satisfactory, because art is not like science, and conflating the two has been disastrous for our society. Elitists defensively over-intellectualized art, which is most effective as a visceral, soulful experience.

Billy Childish, an English artist who first codified Remodernism with painter Charles Thomson in 1999, described a hands-on strategy for the way forward. “The idea is painting, not having ideas about painting…In many ways I sort of like to look on myself as amateur in everything I do. The amateur does things for love, and belief, not for the mortgage.”

That’s the spirit. Look at what “amateur” politician Donald Trump achieved. He put the experts to shame – or rather, he exposed they were lying about their true goals and intentions.

Just like in our politics, no solutions for art’s crisis of relevance will come out of the corrupted hierarchies of the current professional classes. Fortunately, we don’t need anyone’s permission to create a faithful depiction of who we truly are, in art and politics both. Let’s get on with it.

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DAILY ART FIX: AN ART EDUCATION IN POSTMODERN TACTICS

In August, I became a contributor to The Masculinist, a website exploring men, faith, and culture.

From August 20, 2021: AN ART EDUCATION IN POSTMODERN TACTICS

Cindy Sherman "Untitled Film Still #84" Photograph [Fair Use] Wikiart

Cindy Sherman “Untitled Film Still #84” Photograph [Fair Use] Wikiart

There’s a common denominator to many of the problems our culture is undergoing. There has been a top down effort to drag society away from reality, and a mighty attempt to break the logical sequence of cause and effect. Based on administrative class manipulations, a politically driven preprogrammed narrative is supposed to overrule real life experiences, and all outcomes are to be filtered through ideological interpretation. We aren’t individuals with agency; we are divided into collective identities in conflict.  We’ve come to call this methodical corruption Postmodernism.

I have been aware of the Postmodern plot more than most because I first encountered this toxic mindset in a visual form, when I was an art student in the 1980s. Art is a leading indicator of social change, and over the decades since I’ve witnessed the distorted thinking I first encountered in the studio spread throughout society.

My Postmodern education started with a photographer: Cindy Sherman (b January 19, 1954). This internationally renowned artist was all the rage in the Virginia Commonwealth University art department. Students raved about her brave feminist stances, her creativity, her fiery social critiques.,,

Read the full article here: THE MASCULINIST – AN ART EDUCATION IN POSTMODERN TACTICS

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DAILY ART FIX: Art Or Heist? A Danish Artist Took $84,000 And Sent A Museum 2 Blank Canvases

Art world links which caught my eye…

Jens Haaning's artwork "Take the Money and Run" is seen in the Kunsten Musem of Modern Art. The empty canvas was meant to hold thousands of dollars in cash — but the artist chose to hang on to the money.

I don’t know why this museum is complaining. This is the Postmodern model elitists have been promoting in action, taken to its logical conclusion.

The money was supposed to be used to create modern art. And it was — but not in the way a Danish museum expected when it gave an artist the equivalent of $84,000. In return, it received two empty canvases.

The artist, Jens Haaning, says the blank canvases comprise a new work of art — titled “Take the Money and Run” — that he calls a commentary on poor wages. One thing it’s not, he says, is a theft.

“It is a breach of contract, and breach of contract is part of the work,” he said, according to Danish public broadcaster DR.

“The work is that I have taken their money,” Haaning stated.

The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg isn’t satisfied with that explanation, but that hasn’t stopped it from displaying the two canvases as part of its exhibition called Work It Out, which explores people’s relationship with work.

Read the full article here: Art Or Heist? A Danish Artist Took $84,000 And Sent A Museum 2 Blank Canvases

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Exposing the Art World’s Critical Race Theory Problem

It seems like it’s in the news every day now. An establishment ploy to divide and distract Americans is finally getting the attention and pushback it deserves in some of the fields where it is occurring.

However, there is a vital area where this toxic plot is still going unchallenged.

The destructive ideology of Critical Race Theory (CRT) has operated like a stealth bomber up until recently. No one realized it was there, until it started dropping its payload of hatred, bitterness, and manipulation on unsuspecting targets across society.

CRT is a top-down effort to persuade us into accepting the cognitive dissonance that behaving like bigots is the solution to bigotry. Of course, what the New Aristocracy of the Well Connected really wants to do isn’t what they claim they are doing. The establishment doesn’t want solutions. They deliberately invent problems where there are none, and make existing problems worse. The point of bigotry is bigotry, as Orwell might have informed us; an officially cultivated and sanctioned policy of intolerance against those who don’t conform. Ultimately, the elites don’t care whether the people are persuaded or not, as long as we obey.

The establishment has played a long game, slowly imposing a totalitarian state on a free people. The two electoral victories of President Donald Trump (one of them currently stolen) shocked globalists into accelerating their timeline. To accomplish the undermining of America’s strength, our would-be ruling class needs their divide-and-conquer propaganda to become the only recognized model of our society. They distribute CRT indoctrination through the institutions they control: academia, the media, Big Tech, and corporate boardrooms. It’s one big PsyOp directed at the American populace.

But the elitist urgency to force race hatred onto goodhearted and proud American citizens has backfired. Even the censorship imposed here in life behind the Silicon Curtain can’t stop the information from spreading. Patriots are confronting schoolboards, shutting off the fake news, and boycotting woke businesses. This is just the beginning.

But an important aspect of our culture is still suffering from unchecked CRT distortions: the arts. Establishment art has been in a crisis of relevance for decades now, so it’s not surprising most people are oblivious to these latest examples of extremist rot. The cultural consequences of this unacknowledged festering could be immense. 

I didn’t have to look far to find examples. Just about every art site I visit in my ongoing research is riddled with leftist ideology. As the art world is a place dominated by virtue signaling and trend following, CRT is hot right now. I could go on and on with all the artists, museums, schools, and foundations hyping CRT. These samples of CRT proselyting come from three of the major art publications operating today.

Each article comes with a preposterous (and self-serving) assertion treated as if it were a factual statement. Simultaneously, there is a contemptuous and condescending attitude towards the abilities of those they claim to be advocating for. It’s what Thomas Sowell describes as the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

ARTnews: As Atlanta’s Art Scene Evolves, Historic Injustices and Hopes for New Futures Come into Focus

But for all its giving over the years, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta had a problem with who was getting that funding—until [social justice activist Heather] Infantry took up the cause. After finding that 87 percent of foundation funds had historically gone to white-led organizations, Infantry went public with the news while pointing out that certain rules for eligibility (related to budget and staff size, for example) effectively shut out many small and struggling arts organizations that needed support the most. “When you get down to it, the Community Foundation is an incredibly racist institution when it creates guidelines and criteria that disqualify Black arts organizations that are so prolific and abundant,” said Infantry, whose advocacy efforts helped change things for the better. [emphasis mine]

Assertion: Objective, consistent performance standards are racist! Implied: minorities are poor and disorganized.

Art In America: How Dionne Lee Combines Darkroom Techniques with Wilderness Survival Tactics

Lee began interrogating the racialized histories of the American landscape by means of photography in 2016, while an MFA student at the California College of the Arts… The works bespeak Lee’s interest in exploring the body’s relationship to the land, and in tools that facilitate survival in the wilderness, an ability relevant to both social history and climate change. Motivated by fear of impending ecological disaster, Lee has been learning a number of outdoor skills: how to navigate, make fires, and forage for food. During a lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design last fall, Lee noted, “My ancestors, who were enslaved, had to be survivalists, and I’m attempting to reclaim that heritage.” In response to nearly drowning in a public pool as a child, she made her gelatin silver print A place to drown (2019) by scanning an image of a desolate swimming hole. Lee slowly dragged a found photograph across a digital flatbed, and the resulting image is a distorted view of what seems like a gaping hole, perhaps a portal for escape. Swimming is yet another survival skill that reflects histories of racial oppression. The work brings up questions of access: historically, who had the right to swim? Who had access to water? Who had the privilege to perfect the survival skill of swimming? [emphasis mine]

Assertion: Swimming is racist! Implied: This teacher from Stanford University, who is taking part in an exhibit sponsored by the New York Museum of Modern Art, is marginalized and oppressed. Bonus climate change alarmism in this one! I’m sure college art activist is a fine set of skills to bring to the pending weather apocalypse she anticipates.

ARTFORUM: School Spirit – Jessica Lynne on art and Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs]

In an era framed by the political fervor of the Movement for Black Lives, “mainstream” (read: white) museums, galleries, cinemas, and other cultural organizations are frantic to reckon with the oppressions that have structured their existences, hiring more Black leadership and curatorial staff, increasing acquisitions of work by Black artists and other artists of color, and investing in infrastructure that supports the education of Black students and scholars. [emphasis mine] But if you were to ask your average art-world denizen to discuss the position of HBCUs in relation to these ongoing structural negotiations, you would most likely be met with blank stares.

Assertion: Scrambling to accommodate affirmative action is racist! (Well, it actually is, but not in the way the author of the article thinks). Implied: Minorities can’t be accomplished artists and scholars in their own right, so they need to be promoted on the basis of skin color.

The CRT sickness is spread by a combination of would-be authoritarians, useful idiots, and fearful followers. It’s an emotional, and ultimately a spiritual, disease.

Critical Race Theory is a product of Postmodernism, the corrupt operating system of elitists around the world. Postmodernism is a clumsy Cultural Marxist power grab disguised with sophistry and misdirection.

In 1999, two English artists, Charles Thomson and Billy Childish, first codified Remodernism, a cultural shift destined to displace the failed tyranny of Postmodernism. They wrote, ” Why do we need a new spirituality in art? Because connecting in a meaningful way is what makes people happy. Being understood and understanding each other makes life enjoyable and worth living.”

CRT is not about this kind of connection; it aims to shame and dominate.

At the time of Remodernism’s founding, Thomson and Childish used the absurdity and excesses of the Conceptual art movement to define their opposition. But even those seemingly silly offerings were political; harbingers of cultural suicide camouflaged as kitschy sculptures, rotting animals, and dirty beds in museums.

When Art Was Just Stupid: Jeff Koons “Michael Jackson and Bubbles”

Now the pretense is gone, and we see art being openly used as a weapon for bullying.

CRT is a set of lies about the essence of the United States, claiming the greatest nation in history was founded by racism in order to enable even more racism. The CRT assault is aimed directly at all those who took the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

CRT betrays Dr. King’s dream, his example, his legacy, and indeed the premise of America, as stated in our national motto: E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, One.”

We can say this because American is not a race, or an ethnicity, or a class. American is a set of principles, and appreciation for the opportunities those principles provide. That’s why the United States was called a melting pot for so long: despite all of our varied origins and circumstances, America gives a fresh start. We were forming a new civilization together, making many into that new dynamic Unum, the likes of which the world had never seen.

The world didn’t like this.

They attacked us by inserting a kind of disease into what should be the United States. Critical Race Theory is a virus, an infection unleashed by an anti-American globalist cabal to weaken our nation.

There’s a lot of that going around lately.

It’s sad to see CRT being utilized anywhere, but it’s especially galling to see it applied to the arts. Art is one of the things that brings us together, throughout all times, and all cultures. The art world can be as big as all of humankind, if we do it right. That is why it’s worth speaking out against these cynical attempts to use art as a wedge. We can defeat this impulse by making art great again, and using it as an expression of the unity and brotherhood of our better natures. It’s the American way, after all.

Critical Race Theory is incompatible with art, and by extension, with civilization.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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The Invisible Sculpture Sale is Symbolic of the Systematic Shams Elites Expect Us to Swallow

Artist sells 'invisible sculpture' for $18K | Fox News

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet:

The $18,000 “Immaterial” Sculpture

The art world is in a crisis of relevance these days. Just about the only time art gets attention outside the culture industry cocoon is when it can exemplify stupidity, envy, or a combination of the two.

Stupidity comes when a PR hungry artist performs a silly stunt, like taping a banana to the wall. Or puts their dirty unmade bed into a gallery

Envy is invoked when a stunning sales price is announced. Most understand a high value for rarity and quality, such as a presumed work by a master like Leonardo Di Vinci; the uncertain Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million in 2017. People wonder how anyone could have that much money to spend on something made just to look at, and imagine what they could do those kind of funds.

But usually the art selling for inflated amounts doesn’t have that kind of legendary provenance. It’s in Modern and Contemporary art where foolishness and asset covetousness come together most clearly. It occurs when the general public sees obvious scams lavishly rewarded. The banana sold for $120,000. The unmade bed is valued at over $4 million now. The populace rightly scoffs at the sheer folly on display.

Salvatore Garau, an Italian trickster, produced a recent example of expensive non-art. His “immaterial” sculpture Io Sono (I Am) sold for $18,000. The piece does not exist. What the purchaser received for their money was the artiste’s word salad poor excuse for an explanation and a gen-u-ine “certificate of authenticity.” The patron must keep a 5 foot square space available for the nothing to be on display; fortunately, it does not require any special lighting or climate control. What a bargain.

There’s many unsavory factors festering under the surface in the art market. Money laundering, tax evasion, and insider trading doubtlessly drive the high financing. And yet there is something more sinister at work here than white collar crimes.

The villains aren’t the con artists who produce, or pretend to produce, ridiculous rubbish in the name of art. They’re just bit players. The real source of dangerous and deliberate derangement is the globalist New Aristocracy of the Well Connected. They’ve inherited and/or invented a whole phony world we all are expected to play along with.

The establishment has mislabeled hoaxes as art for at least a century. In 1917, a mentally ill woman submitted a urinal to an exhibit. The French charlatan Marcel Duchamp later took credit for it as a new form of expression; in fact, a higher form of expression, where something which is obviously not art becomes art by relying on elitist acceptance and support to function.

If you don’t accept a urinal – or an invisible sculpture, or a banana, or dirty linens – as art, well, that just proves you are one of those knuckle-dragging mouth breathers with deplorable Neanderthal thinking. The members of the club-they get it. Don’t you want to be a member of the club?

Art was just the thin edge of the wedge. It’s like visionary William Blake tried to warn us, “Empire follows art and not vice versa.” After the establishment weaponized art into an assault on reality itself, and made it a litmus test for social status, they’ve rolled out numerous other deceptive mandates to obey.

It’s so much worse than just having an opinion on an ambiguous situation. Again and again, the actual evidence contradicts the elitist position. Instead of accepting reality, our ruling class assume they can will their preferences into existence just by agreeing amongst themselves, insisting the rest of us go along with them, and blocking any channel for the truth to come out. It’s extra convenient for the in-crowd to advocate for any absurdity that comes along, because as elites they are not held to the standards of behavior they demand of others.

Our Postmodern Progressive overlords have developed a long list of required false beliefs for their followers to conform to: man made climate change is an emergency. Systematic racism exists. Citizens don’t need guns. The problem with the Middle East is Israel. Speech is violence and violence is speech, depending who the speaker is. Men can become women or women can become men just because they want to. Abortion is not infanticide. Defunding the police will lead to safer communities. The Woo Hoo flu is such a danger we must give up our Constitution. That same Woo Hoo flu was not released by the Chi Coms accidently on purpose. We did not just experience the most consequential and blatant election fraud in history. Joe Biden is not a perverted vegetable. Patriots are domestic terrorists. All will be well if we submit to our Postmodern Progressive overlords.

I bet if you believe one of these delusions, you believe them all. Congratulations, you’ve been successfully indoctrinated!

We’ve gotten to the point where there is such a disconnect between elitist desires and reality, it is a threat. The danger comes from just how far the establishment will go to maintain the illusionary world they’ve schemed into existence. The elitists believe they have power because they are just that much better than everyone else, not because they are willing participants in a consolidated combine of lies and cronyism. It will hurt to lose their prestige. They will defend it viciously.

Art is good place to start, to help ease the establishment out of their attitude of omnipotence. Hans Christian Anderson nailed the situation when he wrote “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” We all need to be the little boy speaking truth to power.

The Emperors are naked. There is no invisible sculpture. And the whole Marxist program is based on lies.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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ARTICLE: When Postmodern Art Attacks Western Civilization

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When Postmodern Art Attacks Western Civilization

There’s nothing new about the corrosive corruption that inhabits our cultural institutions. We’ve had decades of long march partisans infiltrating the organizations that are meant to sustain our society. Our foundations are under systemic assault by those we’ve entrusted them to, ideologues who have perverted their missions. Their Bizzaro World versions of education, communication, administration and the arts have been weaponized into all out attacks on anyone who resists the utopian statist agenda.

What is new, and is making some people uncomfortable, is the rising chorus of voices who are daring to criticise the dysfunctional status quo. Money quote from the article above: “But if more people don’t speak up when civilization comes under existential attack by envious losers who prefer to destroy what they cannot build, our prospects may be bleak indeed.” But while the author of the article is voting with his feet-avoiding places that piss him off-that is no solution.

Remodernism creates a positive alternative to attempts to enforce submission and conformity to the decadent and power hungry machinations of the existing establishment. The spreading influence of free thought and creativity, outside of the officially sanctioned channels and hierarchies, is the biggest threat they face.

The re-formation of our culture is well underway; our future will be what we make of it.