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Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Warmed-Over Marxism

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Cirque de Genome

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Art critic Hilton Kramer writes: “I think we’re all aware of the catastrophe—not only an aesthetic catastrophe but a moral and ethical catastrophe—that’s overtaken the art institutions and the teaching of art. One of the principal results of this catastrophe has been the transformation of the art museum in the last 30 years or so into a politically activist institution, ideologically bound to the worst new developments and leftist cultural criticism—that whole array of idiocies that goes under the name of post-modernism.

“So let me say here, there is no such thing as postmodernism, it’s all warmed-over Marxism, deconstruction, and other varieties of nihilism.

“Postmodernism is an ideological construction that allows the substitution of political, sexual, all kinds of other ideas, for esthetic standards. The museums, the art history departments, the art studio departments in the universities, the media, all have surrendered to this juggernaut.”

Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

Art and Politics

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Darwin Redux

In some respects, even art can’t escape the pulls of politics, whether to the left or the right. In Nazi Germany the dear Führer decreed that certain art was decadent art, which was verboten. And he should know, as he was a failed art student.

Today, many of the art institutions, museums, galleries, and grant giving organizations are populated mostly by wantonly ignorant leftist Marxists who would not know art from cream cheese. The powers with money dictate what sort of ‘art’ should be made—which is ultimately a trap for the artist who complies. This does not prevent the true artist from listening to a higher power. 

One of the first actions of a Marxist or other fascist regime is to control the images that the people see. But, this can also be accomplished with language, as in the insidious mind control device called political correctness—the very illness that is eroding our land this very moment. Lack of awareness by sheeple can quickly transform art for art’s sake to art for the state’s sake. And voila: a totalitarian state is born.

Monday Dec 22, 2014

Picasso’s Bull Sculpture

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Matador Myth Moon

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Another example of seeing art in manufactured goods took place in 1943 when Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) reconfigured a bicycle’s handlebars and seat into a Bull’s Head sculpture.

Was this art? Why is it art?

While others may have observed that a bicycle seat and handlebars when properly aligned resembles a bull’s head, it was Picasso, already confident in his work, who had the nerve to assemble the pieces into a whole.

Monday Jul 14, 2014

The Man with the Dog

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Book Cover

I decided to revisit a short story that I wrote some ten years ago.

Here are the first 5 chapter (30 in all) of The Man with the Dog. If you like what you’ve read so far, give me your vote. Thanks and enjoy!

Click on the link: Man with the Dog

 

 

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Perilous Views

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Self Portrait

—from An Artist Empowered:

You might have noticed that the assignment didn’t include these annoying verbal ticks: ‘um’, ‘eh’, ‘like’, and ‘ya know’.

The reason for this is that editing out the hardwired reflex words in the Gauntlet challenge will spontaneously and organically begin to eliminate other ticks. If you are an abuser of ‘obvious’, then I urge you to drop this dangerous word from your vocabulary.

The true artist once informed knows that no thing is obvious—if it were, wouldn’t you have already been acclaimed for your genius? Keep a sharp ear and hear how many otherwise intelligent people use ‘obvious’, a reflex, holier than thou word meaning that everyone would come to the same conclusion—which is a perilous view apparently overlooked by so many.

How insidious covert coercion can be as it attempts to manipulate our lives as artists, especially when dealing with rejection or acceptance.

If you control your language, you will define and give meaning to a reality of value where you have authority.