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Billy Childish: “Wading Out”

An excerpt from: Mid-Morning Art Thread: Postmodernism Is Dead. It’s The Remodern Era. [Richard Bledsoe*]

Enduring changes start in the arts. Today, around the world, people are rising up against governing class arrogance, incompetence, and treachery. This seismic global phenomenon was foretold by a grassroots art movement.

In 2000, two English painters, Charles Thomson and Billy Childish, codified what they called Remodernism, an insurgency against the manipulative and destructive Postmodern status quo. Remodernism acknowledges the purpose of art: an inclusive means of spiritual communion and connection. This inspiring message is particularly in sync with the values of the United States.

Remodernism is the latest iteration of the American character: ordinary people working as explorers and inventors, optimistic, self-reliant and productive. A Remodernist artist formulates expressions of personal liberty to convey higher meaning, personal growth, and connectivity.

Remodernism sees art as a conduit for shareable moments of beauty, enjoyment, comprehension, and truth. Assembling these elements together approaches a state of grace, the ultimate expression of the love bestowed on us by our Creator. We are called to follow His example.

The Left never expected a counter-attack to come from the arts. They thought they had successfully destroyed our legacies and stifled the wisdom of our traditions. However, the human instinct for art is stronger than the power games of a greedy and fraudulent ruling class.

The best thing is the Remodern means of attack is not by destruction, but by creation. We have out-evolved them. This is our moment in the mighty continuum of art and life. Remodernism accepts the responsibility for creating a new art for this dynamic era, art that accurately shows who we are, and what we can be.

RTWT: Mid-Morning Art Thread: Postmodernism Is Dead. It’s The Remodern Era. [Richard Bledsoe*]

BTW: We have our own Remodernist right here. I commend you to him.  NEW SCHOOL COLOR – CASEY KLAHN

Green Pants and an Interior with a Red Carpet. 2019. Pastel, White Chalk, Graphite & Vine Charcoal

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  • ghostsniper January 22, 2020, 10:57 AM

    Most of what is seen today is not art.
    It is borne of laziness and lacking in skill and is more an abomination that anything else.
    What do you expect from the 30 second society?

  • captflee January 22, 2020, 12:19 PM

    A most salient and hopeful piece, Gerard. With PoMo on the run I may resume visiting our local museums and galleries, such as they are, assuming that they manage to back off on that whole “pissing on your leg while insisting that it’s raining” thing. Of course, I might just be a philistine; the last time I left a museum not feeling disgusted and gypped was the Porsche By Design exhibit up in Rawlee – a road racing fan of half a century does not forego an opportunity for the leisurely examination of legendary beasts redolent of one’s petrol suffused youth. Not to mention a certain Miss Joplin’s ’65 356C, a rather conspicuous “bathtub” which I would not be surprised to learn you have seen in real life, lo, those many years ago.

    Congratulations, indeed, to Casey, truly a man of many parts!


  • Lance de Boyle January 22, 2020, 12:33 PM

    Stunnnning. I’ve looked at it for a long time and keep finding something I hadn’t seen. Gorgeous colors.

  • Skorpion January 22, 2020, 1:04 PM

    Billy Childish has had an interesting career and life — Google the name for details. (Among other things, back in the 1980s he was a punk/neo-garage musician in such UK groups as The Milkshakes and Thee Mighty Caesars.)

  • Joan Of Argghh! January 22, 2020, 1:47 PM

    I’m jealous of his color palette!
    This will probably get caught by the filter, but I, too, am working toward beauty.

  • Casey Klahn January 22, 2020, 3:21 PM

    Joan! My compliments! eps. looove the bronzes and wish we could get together to do some wax figures or clay.

    What a surprise to see my work here and thanks very much. Gerard. I began my art life in the Modern era, as I was born in 1958 and began drawing non-stop from age 4. Sixties and Seventies – then the Modern Era ended and so you have the deteriorative time we complain about. Most people lump Modern and Post Modern together and call it Modern. Modernism was a hopeful, courageous, inventive movement that crossed int all realms of creativity but is still defined by drawing, painting and sculpting. World War I, and the 20th C. as a whole, beat the shit out of the movement and yet it continued till the 70s just out of pure stubbornness and guts on the part of the greats. Guys like Matisse.

    Anyway, without going long (of course I might since I’m in the post) the modern stuff isn’t hateful but beautiful. Of course not all. Art wants you to look broadly. It wants you to see things that yesterday you couldn’t because you didn’t have the ability to see it. Bob Dylan: Yesterday’s gone but the past lives on
    Tomorrow’s just one step beyond. No. Tomorrow is in this picture (says any artist). Like Joan, and jmw’s man.

    My motivation is to not do what I did yesterday. Yesterday’s was good? Someone bought it or it got a prize? I have a skill set? All shunned. Once an artist knows how to do a thing, by all rights he should forget that and try the new thing. It’s especially hard because as you get established and gain skills; you can see the difficulty? When Matisse said that art requires courage, he was talking about the moral courage to be anything but what you did well yesterday.

    I cringe when I see my past works (most of them). If I am satisfied with one, I then have to question that. I want to re-attempt the green pants girl again. I don’t repudiate, but I do yearn for creation.

    Yes, it’s fukt up. Creation is about the new. Not the olds, but the new.

    TY Lance and cptflee and readers. Going to the studio now to frame some naked figures.

  • Terry January 22, 2020, 5:27 PM

    You do beautiful work Casey!

  • Casey Klahn January 22, 2020, 10:58 PM

    Thank you, Terry.

  • ghostsniper January 23, 2020, 4:52 AM

    Casey sed: “My motivation is to not do what I did yesterday.”

    There ya go. A constant learner, explorer, a wonderer, always on the endless quest of “What would happen if I did this?”

    I bore quickly. Too quickly my wife says. What does she know? She’s not the one living inside me. I think of something, try it, like it, try it some more, improve, and keep on trying, more, more, more, hundreds of times in a row. Then I burn out. Bored to death. What else you got? Then I move on.

    I use 2d tools to design in 3d. Years ago a thought crossed my mind and I studied it internally for a bit then I brought it into reality and thought about it some more. I “invented” a way to make the number 4 look like a 4 from all 6 sides of a cube. The problem was, that I drew it up in 2d and rotated all of the 6 views but for the life of me I couldn’t “see” it in my minds eye and thus could not make it work in that 6th side of the cube. The only way forward was through – I had to build this 4 for real, but how? I created something in my mind and on paper but didn’t know how to create it in reality – something I could hold in my hands. This was very difficult for me to deal with. I had never done this before, never encountered a problem so difficult. 2 years passes and this thing had not been solved. I put it on the back burner and revisited it frequently but I kept sliding into the same failure loop over and over. Taking artists taking his art into the realm of craftsman.

    Long and the short. 2 years ago, after hundreds of failures, I finally brought my vision to life, in wood, it sits on the shelf over there right now. Because of the nature of how a number 4 is shaped, and the limitations of my wood shop, I had to find a way to build this thing, this 4, in order to know of it would work. I call that the Pelosi syndrome. (snicker)

    Only a handful of people have seen my 4 but all of them were mesmerized over it. One person said, “I can’t believe you spent as much time as you say figuring this out, but it does look amazing. I never knew a 4 could look that way.” If you seen my 4 you would yawn and say, “WTF?, it’s just a 4, what’s the big deal?” For me it was a goal. A goal that seemed easy at first but became more difficult the further I delved into it. The harder I tried the harder it got. I never seen anything like this and I can’t adequately explain nor can anyone else appropriately understand it. But the 4 is done and I have moved on, bored to death as usual. It’s cold now and materials don’t act right when it is like this so the workshop is sort of on vacation for now but I am creating lists of things to do starting when the temp gets to 50 and keeps on rising. Things that will keep my mind and hands active as they should be. “shapes-colors-textures”

  • John Venlet January 23, 2020, 6:10 AM

    I’m sorry, but this modern art, whether post or re, leaves me cold. While there is no doubt that the artists represented in the above depictions display a talent to manipulate the color palette via their imaginations, the main subjects of the paintings are caricatures, pseudo humans, rather than the reality of the beauty of actual human beings. Additionally, when art has to be explained to the viewers; Remodernism is the latest iteration of the American character: ordinary people working as explorers and inventors, optimistic, self-reliant and productive. A Remodernist artist formulates expressions of personal liberty to convey higher meaning, personal growth, and connectivity… etc., etc.,; in my opinion the actual uplifting a beautiful art piece naturally evokes, without any words of explanation, has been lost. The artists, once again in my opinion only, are exploring and creating for their own personal inner satisfaction, as they should, but I do not think their creations have the natural beauty of timeless art which could be appreciated over the centuries.

  • Dr. Jay January 23, 2020, 8:27 AM

    Very cool Sir. Casey Klahn! I’d like to add: Me too to the list.

  • James ONeil January 23, 2020, 9:33 AM

    Good on yer Gerard, good on yer Casey!

    Casey said; “I cringe when I see my past works…” Hey, art burning can be fun! OK, I’ll explain that.

    A group of us have weekly life drawing sessions up here on top of the world during the winter (None in summer, who wants to sit inside with 24 hours of daylight? & alas, not many of our models want to pose, un-draped, outside with 24 hours of mosquitoes.), meeting in the studio of a friend who trained in St. Petersburg (Russia).

    He introduced us to art burning, a tradition he learned in the Russian art academy. Once a year the students would get together light a bonfire, discuss and burn their bad works.

    So! Now we get together on a cool April evening light a fire, most years beside a frozen stream with a 6 foot tall ice sculpture behind us, then one will pull out a sketch or painting, explain why he’d dissatisfied with it and tosses it in the flames. Art is communication and this way we use even our bad art to teach each other, and ourselves, to strive for improvement.

  • Casey Klahn January 23, 2020, 12:29 PM

    I’m on the run but, James, absolutely true. Burn the old and destroy the babies. Kill the precious because it is holding back the new.

    I made a point to drive by the academy in St Petersburg. Very old style and classicism, but they do know some things. You have a valuable friend, there.

  • Alex January 23, 2020, 6:35 PM

    Please visit: artrenewal.org for the return to meaningful art.

  • jwm January 23, 2020, 7:13 PM

    OK. Now I have to jump in before the thread dies. Here’s some stone carving I did. Good old-fashioned Modern Art.


  • Casey Klahn January 23, 2020, 10:39 PM

    Thanks for a good comment, Ghost. A fellow traveler.

    Thanks, also, for the push back comments posted here. I need those to help me realize I’m on the right course. The one where people don’t like or get. Kandinsky said there is a pyramid where there are only 1 or 2 artists sitting on top. These would be the ones for whose work the numbers 3 and 4 and all below are unable to see the top works. Their eyes do not compute what is there.

    I’m not that guy but you get the meaning. Make. New. Visuals. I often remark that the deer or the coyote do not see as we do. They are not stupid; far from it. They haven’t the reference point or the catalogue to see. I have stood directly in front of wild animals and they did not see me. Standing. Unseen.

    Da Vinci did not make realist works. You know that, right? He skewed things on purpose. Giotto’s teacher was far, far ahead of him and Giotto’s naturalism cost the world a millennia and a half of light and meaning. Talking about Cimabui. His art was post superintended by God. And naturalism don’t enter into it. Please think and feel larger, people.

    Gerard, did you know there were this many here doing art? So happy to see that.

  • James ONeil January 23, 2020, 11:00 PM

    I just came home from our weekly life drawing session. I mentioned, during the break, that I told you guys about our art burning up here. The group decided that this year, they’ll hold it out here on my property. I could grumble and say I shouda kept my mouth shut, but if I did complain it would just be for the fun of it, I’ve got plenty of room here and it t’ain’t no problem at all.

    Oh, and it was a really good drawing session, great model and very good company!

  • Casey Klahn January 23, 2020, 11:34 PM

    James, let me know and I’ll burn some coordinate with you!

  • James ONeil January 24, 2020, 11:54 AM