A Modern Renaissance or ‘Rebirth’ Is The Solution

Hello mankind,

I hope this message finds you well.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog.  I’ve set back and watched things develop on the world stage. I’m witnessing the people of the world spiraling out of control and into chaos, but more importantly, I’ve been considering what I can do to help.  You see, I know a little about chaos.  I’ve lived as a working artist for over 10 years and to do that, one pretty much has to have one foot in chaos and the other in order at all times; well, that’s been my experience anyway, and I can only speak for myself about that.  That being said, chaos is important.  I would suggest that chaos drives evolution and growth.  The chaotic force is what all of the  dragons and demons of the world’s collective myths & religions represent, and the lesson each of those myths puts forth is that one should pay attention, face one’s faults, take responsibility, and make order out of chaos.  That is what we each need to do on an individual level, but how do we do that?  

We can start by using technology responsibly.  Let’s face face it, too many of us don’t, and we should all know by now, that technology can go one of two ways.  It can be used to uplift humanity, or destroy us and if you don’t believe that, just take a look at history.  In fact, that’s a real good idea.  Let’s take a look at history now and see if we can find modern correlations with what’s happening in our world today, which is without question, collapse.  

Let’s ask ourselves, what conditions caused the Roman empire (civilization) to collapse? What were conditions like during the 1500 years afterward? What kicked off the rebirth of culture called the Renaissance? Can you see any modern parallels, and if so, what are some practical solutions to avoid the problem of history repeating itself?  Check for yourself and let me know.

To simplify things, I would say that coercion, decadence, lack of morality, over expansion, insanity and barbarians (Peoples outside the empire) led to the collapse of the Roman civilization.  What came next was a 1500 or so year period called the middle or ‘dark’ ages.  To simplify things, this was a time of decay, ignorance, disease, brutality, and bloodthirsty tribes battling for dominance.  Again, to simplify, the rediscovery of old knowledge from Greece, Rome, and Egypt was the spark that ignited the rebirth of culture and civilization called the Renaissance.   I would add that one very important aspect of this period of ‘Rebirth’ was the concept that the human was divine.  The modern parallels are, of course, that our western civilization, which I would argue is preferrable to the alternative, has been in decline for some time.  We’ve allowed ourselves to be dumbed down and distracted.  We’ve grown selfish, immoral, decadent, insane.  Our past governmental administrations have overreached while crucial principles have crumbled at home, and I would add that we’ve all allowed it.  We’ve given consent with our lack of attention, our feelings of powerlessness, our acceptance of wrong doings, and our lack of care.  There’s an old saying that states,  “The barbarians are at the gate.”  It comes from the last days of the Roman empire.  We differ from the Romans where barbarians are concerned though.  Thanks to the construction of political correctness, we’ve actually allowed those in power to bring them through the gates, even those whose mission in life is to destroy our civilization.

We’ve had a socialist president just leave office after 8 years.  I was a kid when he ran.  I didn’t know anything and like a lot of other artists and publishers, I made quite a bit of money off of his hollow image and empty message.  It’s been a while since then and I, like so many others, personally have suffered from the Obama administration’s policies.  I have to mention that I am still not a Republican, but I’m not a Democrat either. I chose sanity instead.  I am sane.  That being said, let’s face it.  The left has gone SO FAR LEFT that I can actually imagine what the early days of the Bolshevik Revolution must have looked like .  Communists are marching in the streets with no argument, no desire for discourse.  Their motus operandi is to intimidate, chant, yell, curse, blow into whistles and commit various acts of violence.  One of them just shot a Republican senator at a baseball game.  The senator was pushing legislation to stop human trafficking and pedophilia.  Politicians, universities, Celebrities and mainstream media are encouraging violence.  It’s chaos plain and simple.  Something has to be done about it and the charge is put to us, as individuals, to face the chaos, take responsibility for it, and act to bring about order.

To do these things seems frightening and difficult.  It seems easier to simply be quiet and put our heads in the sand because the mainstream narrative being pushed is that those of us who are sane are actually crazy.  It’s a smoke screen, an inversion of reality.  They are the minority despite the narrative, and attention is already being paid by massive amounts of people.  Can you believe that more of us tuned into the James Comey hearing than the NBA finals?  The hearing had an estimate of 20 million views and as far as I know, that number doesn’t include the multitudes of viewers tuning in from alternative sources of media via live streams.  For me, the sheer amount of attention being paid explains the irrational behavior of the far left establishment, who seem to be flailing just before death, and in their panic, they are coercing the uninformed, those who take them at their word, to encourage and act out violence, to march in the streets and behave like lunatics.

There are those out there, and plenty of them, who would argue that the far left communist movements, which are currently making fools of themselves, are not dangerous.  Sure, they are, and very.  Depending on how old you are, you may not have learned about the staggering death toll tallied up by communism/socialism (Far higher body count than the holocaust produced) or how the communist experiment has yielded the same results in every country where it’s been initiated.  Venezuela is currently in a state of collapse and not so long ago, the leader of North Korea told his people they would have to begin ‘sucking roots’ to stay alive, while also demanding that they turn over rice they yield to the state. Don’t take my word for it though. Do some honest research. Look at both sides of the argument. Look into how propaganda works. Open a history book printed prior to the 1960s’.  Search online for historical essays.  The Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson (Maps of Meaning) recommends each of his students to read George Orwell’s book “1984”. Aldous Huxley’s books “Brave New World”, Aleksnadr I. Solzhenitsyn’s (Who was actually in Soviet Russia in the early days of Communism) book “The Gulag Archipelago”, Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good & Evil”. Think about it.  In science, if an experiment continues to fail after repeated ‘controlled’ experiments are conducted, the theory holds no truth and to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results constitutes insanity.

Finally, after we learn to pay attention, how do we begin to see ourselves for what we could be?  Really I should say, how do we see ourselves for what we have forgotten that we actually are?  How do we remember and utilize our potential.  Lets begin by taking a look at consciousness. 



When you take the word ‘consciousness’ back to its Latin & Greek etymological roots (What words were actually intended to mean), you get phrases like ‘to know’, ‘To discern’, ‘active’, awake’, ‘moral sense’, ‘certainty’, ‘to cut’, ‘to split’.  



It’s argued that consciousness is the most mysterious phenomena in the universe. Scientists still don’t really understand Consciousness, but for our purposes, that’s really not important.  There are things we do know about it and it seems while trying to unravel the mystery via science and the new age movement, post modernism has grown to epic proportions and we’ve forgotten what the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans left for us.   Human consciousness allows us recognize patterns. We can look into the past and learn from our mistakes. With our consciousness we can see probable futures. We can run simulations in those futures with various incarnations of ourselves to determine what actions we should take and what results we might get if we take those actions. Now of course, when we get to that future, that future becomes ‘Now’ and ‘Now’ is very important also. Being in the ‘Now’ helps ground us and can act as a safety-release valve when our journeys into the future get too dark and horrifying, but we shouldn’t strive to stay in the ‘Now’ at the expense of the benefits our consciousness affords us. If we do that, we are actively working for regression from what we are, and headed backward to the limited state of animal consciousness. Animals spend their existence searching, often unsuccessfully, for food and, when the seasons allow, for mates. They don’t have the weight of the future hanging on them and they’re not bothered by the wreckage of the past, which is good, but they are also at high risk of starvation and of being eaten by a predator at any moment.

I would suggest that our human consciousness, even with it’s drawbacks, is of maximum value to our species. As individuals I argue that we should love nothing more than consciousness, honor the mystery of its origin, show gratitude for being in possession of such a gift, and learn how to utilize it responsibly for right action. I think that when enough of us begin approaching consciousness in this way, we will began to look at each other in a different light and we’ll discover or rediscover solutions that will make the world a better place.



 Until next time,

 CKirk

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Mass Spell By Some Members Of The Goon Populous

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Hello internet,

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  I keep thinking that all the positive things that have happened since January would settle things down, but they haven’t.  “What positive things?” you might ask.  Well, over 1,500 people have been arrested on human/child trafficking charges. The DOW is at a record high, businesses are coming back to the United States, and over 200 members of the #goonpopulous were arrested on felony rioting charges for their part in burning cars/trash cans, breaking windows, assaulting people, and generally making asses of themselves.  I could go on, but I won’t.  Sure there’s some groups that should be pissed off, groups such as elite eugenics enthusiasts , globalists, technocrats, radical islamicists, pedophiles, and illegal aliens, but fuck em.  Why do you care about their feelings?  None of these groups have your best interest in mind.

The latest group that became ‘triggered’ identify themselves as witches and performed a ‘binding’ spell to thwart President Donald J. Trump last night and further clog up progress.  Before I go on, I have to mention that the word ‘triggered’ was and is still commonly used in in the recovery community and that the vast majority of people in recovery consider themselves mentally ill.  That being said, they’re usually great people and I count some of them among my closest friends.  Anyway, I can say, as someone who has studied and experimented with ancient mystery traditions from around the world for years, these ‘witches’ are prime examples of the rampant ‘arrested development’ that plagues the modern world, and sadly, they’ve missed the whole point, the revelation, that magic tradition is supposed to bring a person to. 

The live ‘binding’ ritual post garnered some attention and received a number of public ‘likes’ and comments in the facebook community.  I doubt everyone who ‘liked’ or commented on the post are witches, but I’m convinced that they’re card carrying members of the #goonpopulous and really, I think they’re  victims of misinformation efforts.  I took the liberty of copying and pasting the names of facebook users who supported the ritual to further fuck things up and halt progress at the tail end of this blog.  You can click a user’s name and it will take you to their page.  If you like, you can send them a message or maybe even post something on their wall.  Perhaps you’d like to congratulate them on their efforts, maybe you’d like to attempt waking them from their sleep, gently offer them a helping hand out of delusion.  That’s up to you.   



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Until next time,

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CKirk

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After The Elections My 2013-2016 Series Apoko-Lips Began To Look A Little Too Prophetic

Hello internet,

I’m sure many of you are frightened and that’s okay.

I was a little scared before going to bed Tuesday night.  The math eventually made it clear that, despite what the media claimed, Hilary Clinton didn’t have a chance of winning by the Electoral College.  I awoke the next morning and the fear had slipped away.  The prospect of novelty arose.  I’m not saying that Trump’s novelty will be good or bad or if he’ll even make it into office.  I honestly don’t know.  The only thing I know, from experience, is that real change is ugly and I think we can all admit, Donald Trump has been perceived as very ugly.  Anyway after much contemplation, my 2013-2016 series Apoko-Lips began to look a little too prophetic.  Now I’m not claiming I knew how this election was going to play our or what it would reveal, but I knew something was coming round the bend during the creation of the turbulent series.  After all, you can’t have a nation full of flaky people with microscopic attention spans and unsubstantiated mob mentality running riot on social media without some surprises.  Anyway, The series focused on us, our faults, our misuse of technology, and methods of liberation.  Not surprisingly, Apoko-Lips was ignored by the mainstream and I sold very little of the series.  In fact, I damn near went bankrupt, but I kept making the work for over two years because I felt it was important.  After the hopeful illusion of another Clinton Presidency was shattered, it became clear to me, why the series was ignored.  

Apoko-Lips is obviously word play on apocalypse.  In popular culture, the word has become associated with the end of the world.  In actually it means ‘To reveal’.  Apocalypse is derived from the Greek word  from Greek apokalyptein “uncover, disclose, reveal,” from apo- “from” (see apo-) + kalyptein “to cover, conceal”

Anyway, we’ve yet to see if the world will end, but I’d say with the biased media coverage revealed and the latest wikileaks, some things have certainly come to light.

 That being said, Apoko-Lips initiated toward the end of 2013. I was suddenly struck, then obsessed with pictorial concepts of strange messengers. These concepts came to fruition in a collection I now call the Apoko-Lips – Primer.  These large oil paintings featured ominous harbingers, I called ‘Furies’, who foreshadowed a tremendous change.  Mostly the messengers were ethnic, female, and had prosthetics to overcome disabilities.  The ones which weren’t disabled or ethnic wore animal heads or were being eating by sharks before a napalm explosion.  The largest of the paintings was titled, “Gozer Does Planet Earth” and it featured a misogynistic demagogue spewing fire and riding a black balloon.  A living rainbow with a female face struggled to escape from the balloon and military helicopters swarmed around her head.

I put the oil paints away for the 2nd phase of Apoko-Lips, which was titled ‘Initiation’ and was created with mixed media, photography, and emulsion.  These works  were less ominous in appearance and used hand written graphite messages.  They were a collection of allegories depicting transmutation through personalized interpretation of archaic symbolism.  ‘Initiation’ took a look at contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens.  Eventually, it shifted my contemplation inward.  Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, were emphasized in the 2014/2015 Initiation works as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body, the external world, and to reboot consciousness.  


In other words, it was an attempt to pull the ‘Matrix’ plug out of my ass and become sane again.  It was also an unheard plea for the masses to put their smart phones down for a moment, get in tune with their intuition, and pay attention to the real world.ckirk_thirteen_bExample #13

“Take the red pill or blue pill, or you can take a 1/4 teaspoon of this & release the goddamn’d Kraken”

Now if that doesn’t describe exactly what happened in the 2016 elections, what does?

There are other pieces as well, with plenty of titles that describe what happened this year: “T-Minus 15”, “Burn Down Charizard, Burn It All Down”, “Flying Minotaurs Worry Not While Water Ballooning Young Ladies”, “The Problem With Getting Bigger & Stronger, Is That your Dick Stays The Same Size”.


I expanded the techniques in the third phase and added watercolor.  The 2015 Behold The Son Of GRID additions to Apoko-Lips feature outlandish entities who revealed declarations that could be considered confusing, presumptuous, and vitriolic.  ‘Vitriolic’ is the word I chose to use to describe the statements in the work back in 2015.   In chemistry, vitriol is an archaic name for a sulfate. The name comes from the Latin word “vitriolum” for glassy, as crystals of several metallic sulfates resemble pieces of colored glass.  Basically it’s sulphuric acid.  In Alchemy, vitriol was a motto which meant to ‘Purify’.  Anyway, ‘Vitriol’ is also a word I’ve been reading a lot in the media the last few days.  Perhaps the media, as well as the rest of us, should have read the message in the piece below, which may have given us an idea of what was coming round the bend.


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Example #24 “I Give You The Trivium”

Which basically adds up to, listen, process, act, or to put it simply, refrain from ‘Thinking with the emotions’ which will almost always lead to a reaction rather than an action.


Anyway, the Behold The Son Of GRID works eventually led to upheaval and discord in every area of my personal life and drove me to the edge of sanity. Fortunately, change is the only constant and I rose from the ashes as an old bard with epics full of metaphor, monsters, and glory in Apoko-Lips – The MR MIRACLE Mythos.  This 4th phase saw liberation from duality and the return to sanity.

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Example #25 “Excappare”

Excappare is latin for ‘Take your cape off’, which roughly translates into english as ‘Surrender’.  You see, when Roman soldiers would surrender to the enemy, they’d remove their cape to signal the surrender.  For me, this meant freeing myself from control, which has has made fear only a transient blip that passes on just as suddenly as it arrives.

In other words, it’s allowed me to say “Fuck it,” and move on.


Apoko-Lips finally came to its natural conclusion with The MR MIRACLE Mythos and I began work on a collection of figurative, portrait studies that fall under the title That Which Is.  I’ll let you work out the meaning of that title yourselves.  That Which Is lasted for a while but soon became stagnant and boring.  I decided to make a series concentrating on foolishness and laughter called Kakhati.  After a few pieces, I became stuck.  I desperately wanted to continue on with the series, so I did something new.  I wrote an epic myth, about the size of a small novel, which proved to provide a large amount of whimsical subject matter.

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Example #1 “Kakhati”

Kakhati is a word from Sanskrit which roughly translates into english as “Laugh Out Loud”, or in modern times ‘LoL’.  Anyway, Maybe it’s time, to admit that we’re all fools and none of us know what the hell we’re talking about.  Afterwards we can have a good laugh at ourselves.   I think that might be good, especially now.


In conclusion, this blog post will probably be ignored just like my series Apoko-Lips has been.  After all, nobody likes to look at things that make them uncomfortable or doubtful.  However, I’d like to take this opportunity to be a little bit of a jerk, and to say, “I told you so.”  

For information and availability concerning the Apoko-Lips series click here.  For information on my current selection of art feel free to contact me via my website. 


 

Until next time, I told you so.

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New Art + Limited “Venus” Editions + The Summer Sale

Hello again art lovers.

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’ve been pretty busy, so I have a lot to cover in this blog entry, but I’ll keep it as brief as possible.

Summer is here and to celebrate, I have decided to have a “Summer Sale” on art works. Works in the “Summer Sale Facebook album will be temporarily  discounted From Wednesday July 13, 2016 until midnight on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.  

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 Some pretty nice pieces  like this 2012 oil painting titled “47′” are available.

To See what is else specially priced. just click here.  If you see anything you like, personal message me on Facebook or email me via  ckirkart.com. 

 

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Next up, I have two new “Siren” pastel studies completed.  I have quit a few more left undone, but I think they’ll have to wait a while.  That being said, I have really enjoyed working with the medium and imagery.

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And finally, by popular demand, I have decided to offer high-quality. limited edition prints of the “Venus#1” watercolor study.  The edition size extremely limited at only 15 prints mid-sized made available.

 I have a feeling these editions will go quickly, so please contact me via ckirkart.com for inquiries. 

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

   
Until next timehave a great week.

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CKirk

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Alchemy & Art

Hello again art lovers,

I hope all is well.

I have been spending some time reviewing some of my early works.  Diving into past compositions has been part of a process that I’ve been undertaking for a while now.  I am gearing up for the next phase of development which will include new oil paintings and charcoals focusing on the lessons I have learned over the course of the last two (Extremely weird) years.  I have been recording the imagery of the yet to be realized compositions when they pop up on the mind screen of the dream machine, and I have to admit that I’m getting pretty excited about the work that’s coming round the bend.

The review of earlier works has been primarily to remember and reintegrate techniques, moods and themes.  I’m seeing the new work in traditional media, but who knows what will happen?  The paintings could just as easily get rough and sloppy.  Anyway, I wanted to share a few of the pieces I have been eyeballing as of late.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Charcoal/chalk portrait 2010

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Acrylic/charcoal portrait, 2010

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait, 2011

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait detail, 2011

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait detail, 2011

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait detail, 2011

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Oil portrait, GMC/Ckirk collaboration, 2011

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Oil/charcoal portrait, 2012

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“Creeps & Motherfuckers” detail, 2012

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Watercolor portrait detail, 2013

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Oil portrait, 2013

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Oil portrait, 2014

Before I go, I want to let you know that a collection of my earlier works are once again available from a link on my website.  Click here to visit my “Earlier Works” page.  If you would like to inquire about works on the “Earlier Works” page, feel free to email me at info@ckirkart.com

Until next time, have a great week.

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Ckirk

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Exciting New Art – My 6-year-old isn’t too pleased that I’ve used up all his construction paper.

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.  I’ve just about come to the end in the creation of a new phase of my Apoko-Lips series.  As you can see from the image below, I’ve been experimenting quite a bit.  At least for now, I have decided to exclude the emulsion process and focus more on the photography.  This idea first came about during the conception of the new pieces titled Apoko-Lips – Barbarous Names.  So far, I am pleased with the results.  I’m getting to paint more with watercolor again.  The downside has been that my 6-year-old isn’t too pleased that I’ve used up all his construction paper.

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Apoko-Lips #20 Barbarous Names #1

Photography, face paint, construction paper, watercolor, acrylic, sharpie, ballpoint pen, watercolor paper composite, 2015

The new Barbarous Names pieces aren’t on my website yet, but if you’d like to see earlier works of Apoko-Lips, feel free to click the link below.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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Semantic Terror & The Possibility For Magic

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you have all had a week full of sensuous pleasure and excitement!

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“Semantic Terror & The Possibility for Magic“, 2015

Until next time,

CKirk

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