Acting-Out Politics

Weblog opens discussion about the psychology of Bushmerican style of behavior.

Dorothea Tanning “Truth About Comets” (1945) What for the imagination of two little girls, especially if they are mermaids, to do during a snowy and windy winter? Boys can create competing snowball armies, fight and win or lose in the midst of a cold whiteness. But the girls don’t want to be here, where everybody […]

George Grosz, “The Sunny Land” Periods of prosperity makes people confident and proud – they start to allow themselves too much, feel invincible and here the periods of austerity are ready to follow. Then people become infuriated and aggressive – during prosperity they felt themselves as the centers of the world, but austerity puts them […]

The Evolution of Religion: The Transposition Of Worship Of Theological Figures Into The Worship of Seductively Entertaining Objects – The Cosmic Feminine Lips As A Mass-Cultural Icon To Be Consumed And Enjoyed Man Ray, “The Lips”, 1933 What for heaven’s sake are the irresistible feminine lips doing in the sky? Are they some kind of […]

Weaponry As A Savior And A Grave Digger Of Human Race Wolfgang Paalen, “The Genius of the Species/Le Genie de L’Espece”, 1938 German-Austrian-Mexican painter, sculptor and philosopher Wolfgang Paalen tells us in his stylized construction “The Genius of the Human Species” that it is not Socrates, Sophocles, Kant, Hegel, Mozart, Garcia Lorca, Beethoven, Einstein or […]

Even Stylistically Sophisticated Art Can Be Deployed As Social Criticism Kazimir Malevich, “Sportsmen”, 1913 It’s impressive how “suprematically” simplified bodies of Malevich’s sportsmen and multi-colors of their clothes and heads (with intentionally undifferentiated front and back, faces with occipitals) combined versatility and uniformity, plurality and monotony. We know a similar “miracle” in our own country […]

Karl Hubbuch, “Three Recruits”, 1924 Three recruits – three facial expressions, three bodily postures and one common alertness mixed with deep seated fear of what war can do to them. These German recruits were under the Damocles’ sword of mandatory military service, but American recruits today who are free to make their own decision about […]

“On any given night, more than 554,000 people are homeless in America. In New York, authorities report that 114,659 children are either homeless or living in temporary housing. And in the past six years, homelessness in Los Angeles has surged 75 percent to more than 55,000 people. Hunger, disease, and violence are rife in homeless […]

How The Artist Becomes An Admirer, Defender And A Representative Of Nature Balthus, “The Golden Days”, 1944 – 1946 Is the heroine of this painting a disgusting dirty little creature trying to seduce the honest worker, probably hired by her parents, to fix the fire-place? How dares she with her vain self-adoration try to distract […]

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