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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2013 ‘Pussy Hat’ Prophesy & More

Hello internet,

I’m sure many of you are frightened, but don’t worry, it’s all worked out.

I haven’t posted a blog since November, after the election.  No, I’ve been setting back watching things develop.  Now, I don’t trust one source of news completely, so I look around and compare what different sources are covering and reporting.  After the massive fail and blatant proof of bias, I have thrown off mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN, The New York Times, almost completely.  I still venture over to see what spin these networks are putting on current events, but that’s about it.  I’ve heard from a little bird, that these company’s audiences are all suffering and have dwindled down to almost nothing, but that’s only what I’ve heard.    

Some interesting developments concerning groups affected, or some might say warped, by prolonged exposure to identity politics have surfaced again the last week or so, and these goons are really showing their asses off.  In fact, after setting in contemplation since the November 8th election, I have discovered more examples of prophesy contained in my 2013 – 2016 art creations, namely in the collections, “Art Is My Way Of Chucking Civilization Out The Window” and of course, “Apoko-Lips”.    Today well take a look at one in particular.


ckirk_csfifteen_b This large-scale museum piece was painted with oil between the years of 2012 and 2013.  It’s titled “It’s Like Having A Gun You Can Pet #2″ or “Pet Gun 2” for short.  Now you can clearly see, in the left-hand corner, the fleeing female, painted with much less fervor, wearing a ‘pussy hat’.  Now before you call me a misogynist, let me tell you that I fully support feminism in its classical form, but what we’re dealing with today is not classic feminism.  No the ideology has been gradually altered via long-term social engineering methods and now we have neo feminism, which is essentially the philosophy that women should be elevated above their male counterparts and are the superior gender.  Now this is totally unbalanced and goes against philosophies that have illustrated the importance of balance in nature for almost 3000 years.  If you factor in the point that there are and have been, far more individuals of male gender, on the planet, at any given time, as there were Jews to be murdered during Adolf Hitler’s reign of terror, the philosophy of neo feminism is clearly shown to be on a higher level of ‘fucked up’ and more dangerous to the human species than Nazi ideology ever was. There is a reason Wonder Woman left Amazon Island ladies.

Anyway, here’s the bad news.  My prophesies generally manifest in some form or other and this 2013  oil piece doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the neo feminists or their ‘pussy hat’ dupes.  It’s clear the pussyhatter is fleeing.  She’s fading.  Her pursuing counterpart is richly colored and the oil is thick.  There is a prehistoric terror bird called Gastornis, which was an apex predator that had no natural  predators of its own.  The masked figure rides the feathery beast like a horse, symbolizing power, and birds flock behind, giving chase as well.  In ancient mystery traditions from around the world, feathers, wings, or birds were symbolic of higher intelligence, so basically, your incredibly flawed ideology is squared off against balance.  The dynamic combination of power and intelligence is against you. You are a piece of the #goonpopulous.  You are beta bitches, and the real, authentic women of the world will not be swayed by your quest for gender supremacy.

To give you a metaphoric example of what I’m talking about, I’ll provide you with a visual aid.  Here’s an crude stop-motion cartoon I made back in 2013. 


 Now, if you, the reader, think I am being harsh on these misguided simpletons, take a look at some examples from the women’s march that you probably won’t catch watching mainstream media stations such as CNN, reading drivel like the Washington Post, or hanging around in such internet ghettos as Facebook.  


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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CKirk

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Fox Full Of Wind

Hello again art lovers,

I hope this week has been good for you.

I finished up a piece for the new “MR MIRACLE Mythos” arm of my Apoko-Lips series.  I’m low on canvas, so I painted over an old canvas that I had played over for the last two years.  Because of this, the texture was so rough, that initially , I had a great deal of trouble.  I pretty much wrote it off as a failure last week and went back to the drawing board with charcoal and paper.  I figured I would hash out the theme a bit more and pick the oil painting up once I had a new canvas to work on.  I’m compulsive once I initiate a painting, so of course, I started work on the piece again.  After a bit of playing around, I found a way to adjust to the rough canvas.  I’m reasonably happy with how the new work turned out.

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Study – Apoko-Lips#27, charcoal, chalk on 9 x 12″, textured paper, 2016

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Study – Apoko-Lips#27, charcoal, chalk on 18 x 24″, smooth bristol, 2016

ckirk_twentyseven_bFor other recent works, visit ckirkart.com  If you wold like to see a selection of earlier works, click here.

Until next time, have a great week.

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CKirk

A.K.A.

The Son Of GRID

A.K.A

MR Miracle

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All NEW Painting! The MR MIRACLE Mythos – “Excappare”

Hello again art lovers,

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I finally finished up the LARGE-SCALE painting I started last December.  I operated a little differently than I normally do.  I usually have a major painting mapped out from top to bottom prior to even picking up a brush, but I had very little planned before returning to this piece.  Pretty much everything other than the figure in black and the rectangle behind him manifested as the painting progressed.  I went with my intuition and it felt good.

Anyway, enough about process, there’s a high quality image of my first piece completed in 2016 and a brief statement about Apoko-Lips below.

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

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 harbingers who foreshadowed awe-inspiring change. Change arrived, wasn’t noticed until after the fact, and has yet to depart. Since then, the ongoing series Apoko – Lips became for me, a collection of allegories depicting transmutation through personalized interpretation of archaic symbolism. Apoko-Lips directed my focus away from contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens, and shifted my contemplation inward. Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, are emphasized in the 2014/2015 Initiation works as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body, the external world, and to reboot, or expand consciousness. The 2015 Behold The Son Of GRID additions to Apoko-Lips feature outlandish entities who reveal declarations that could be considered confusing, presumptuous, and vitriolic. The experimentation that brought forth the Behold The Son Of GRID works eventually led to upheaval and discord in every area of my personal life, drove me to the edge of sanity, and educated me, through what I can only describe as “Tough love”, on laws of the universe. Fortunately, change is the only constant and I’ve risen from the ashes as an old bard with epics full of metaphor, monsters, and glory in Apoko-Lips – The MR MIRACLE Mythos.

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Until next time, have a great week.

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CKirk

A.K.A.

The Son Of GRID

A.K.A

Mister Miracle

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Hans Christian Andersen Is Turning In His Grave

Hello again dear readers,

At one point in time I would’ve scoffed at the art I’ve featured below, but at some point, about a year ago, I experienced a paradigm shift, in art appreciation at least.  I’m not sure how the shift happened or why, but I’m glad that it did.  I discovered tons of art that I either never knew existed, or didn’t care about because of personal prejudices.   

You’re all going to laugh at me for this, but the experience of looking at art with a new pair of eyes has suddenly reminded me of that frothy emotional song “A Whole New World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”.

Hans Christian Andersen is turning in his grave and just for the record, I had a little sister who had the video, so screw you…. that’s how I know about it!

Anyway, in all seriousness folks, I ran across the work of Tom Friedman sometime a while back. I liked most of what I saw, but I didn’t realize how much I liked the work until I actually read the mediums he used to create the pieces. The artist carves stuff out of styrofoam, cuts up multiple objects to create much larger duplicates and makes some pretty stimulating sculptures out of construction paper. He even creates art from colorful balls he has stolen!

Anyway, I’m glad I found myself on his page at Luhring Augustine.

Maybe you’ll like Friedman’s work to.

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Check out more of Friedman’s eclectic work via Luhring Augustine Gallery

Until next time,

Ckirk

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New Naked Lunch Limited Edition Prints & The Fall Sale Of 2014

Hello again dear readers,

I hope you’ve all had a good week.

I’m very happy.  I received my test print of the popular piece “Naked Lunch” and it is unbelievable.  It looks identical to the original.  The printers at Static Medium captured all the texture and detail!  I’ve decided to go ahead and release an edition of 10.  One has already sold, so there are currently only nine available.  The print measures 24″ x 11″ and is on heavy archival paper. Each print will be signed, numbered and are priced at $90 plus shipping.

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I am also considering a second option of a much larger print with a smaller edition.  If you’d like to discuss the larger option, contact me at info@ckirkart.com

To check out the new limited edition print of “Naked Lunch” just click

HERE.

In other news, I have a lot of new experimental work lying around half-finished and I’m a little light on supplies at the moment.  I guess that can be the downside to experimentation.  Anyway, because of this, I have decided to have a sale on art works this fall on facebook.  Works will be temporarily be discounted until midnight on Monday, October the 13th. If you see anything you just have to have, personal message me on facebook or email info@ckirkart.com.

To visit the Fall Sale album, just click

HERE.

If you’re not on facebook but still want to see some of the work that I’ve temporarily discounted,

you can visit my website

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Until next time,

Ckirk

Nude Angels With Shaved Pubes Riding Flying Musical Doomsday Apparatus’

Hello again dear readers,

Despite the fact that I don’t believe a word of it, I’ve always been fascinated with the imagery that the book of revelations stirs up in the brain.  Read the excerpt below and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Revelation 16:1

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Now that that’s out-of-the-way, I have to mention that I’m really excited. After working on my interpretation of the excerpt above off and on for most of the year, I finally finished up the second incarnation of studies for the 7 trumpeting angels that make their fabulous entrance after the opening of the 7th seal.   I also just finished scanning the pieces at high-resolution for presentation and hopefully enlargement at some point.

I know a year sounds like a long time to work on something but a lot went into the pieces.  The first phase of studies was initially created as a sort of collage. You see, each piece is composed from dozens of re appropriated photographs.  I spent a long time searching for imagery, piecing them together and deciding on the composition, which changed frequently.

 

 I also took measures to personalize each individual re-appropriated photo I used in order completely make the work my own.

 

The imagery I assembled is very literal and showcases for me at least, how unbelievable the whole concept seems when it’s taken literally. I tried to remove all the fear/creep-factor that’s associated with the subject of the seven seals out of the equation so that all you have left is simply a modern artist’s interpretation of the literal imagery described, which kind of looks like something you’d see in a super hero comic book. Of course, I added Jack Kirby/New Gods-style apparatus and to reference current public pubic preferences, made sure the angels all had shaved vaginas, but that’s neither here nor there.

 

I also decided to reference the blue stylings of Yves Klein.
I think the reference to Klein adds one more historic layer to the work despite the fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter but everything to do with the nude women and the color blue.  The Klein reference was a last-minute decision and I’m still not sure it was the right one for these composition,
but the work need to be completed and I was tired of dragging the project out.

 

The final phase was to assimilate these fragmented works into seven single pieces.  I chose printmaking to do so.  Later, I embellished the work with micron pen, graphite, acrylic and watercolor.  Finally I sealed them all with Elmer’s glue and did the necessary scanning.  The works shown are the second incarnation.  I’m hoping to eventually enlarge the pieces.

 

 I’m currently calling them “Yves Angels” but only because I haven’t found a more clever name as of yet, but hopefully I will.

 

So, check out the images below if nude angels with shaved pubes riding flying musical doomsday apparatus’ is something you’d like to experience.

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#3,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_two

#2,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_one

#1,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_six

#6,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_four

#4,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_five

#5,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_seven

#7,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

I should mention

that because I am in the process of rebuilding my website, none of the new work I made this year is displayed there as of yet.  If you’re interested in any 2014 art, please contact me at

info@ckirkart.com

If you’d like to see work created prior to 2014, visit ckirkart.com by clicking the link below.

If you would like to suggest a title for the pieces, please leave your idea in the comment section.

Until next time,

ckirk

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