The original leftist sales pitch for ending religion was that it was going to be replaced with rationalism. But leftist culture and politics has little of rationalism to it. Instead its politics has become a religion, complete with salvation, damnation and doomsday, while its culture increasingly resembles a pagan orgy of unreason and superstition.
Don’t take it from me, take it from the uber-leftist Guardian’s cultural coverage of the arts. (Such as they are.)
At Lamb Gallery in London, Surrealism and Witchcraft opens this month, showcasing work by 11 female artists. Lucinda Bellm, Lamb’s founder and director, says surrealism is enduringly relevant. “The tumultuous first half of the 20th century set the stage for the emergence of surrealism,” says Bellm.
“Now that discussions around feminism, gender, and power dynamics are increasingly vital, it’s the perfect moment to celebrate female artists who draw inspiration from surrealism.”
She thinks witches are a potent symbol for female artists navigating a predominantly male art scene. “The witch offers a means to delve into complex themes of dreams, gender and sexuality.”
Behind the academic gibberish is something else entirely.
Artist bones tan jones was one of the artists featured in the Somerset House exhibition and also had an installation at the Serpentine Gallery in 2022. They have just been announced as artist-in-residence at The Sustainable Institution in Europe. Their work has strong connections to paganism and spiritualism.
“As someone who feels deeply connected to spirit and earth, it’s important for me to view my artwork as craft and ritual,” says tan jones. “For me, every choice has meaning, every material is an ingredient in the cauldron that is the artwork.”
While emerging artists such as tan jones are gaining recognition, other art movements connected with spirituality and magic are being rediscovered, such as the surrealist movement – which had strong ties to magic, with many artists including ritual and symbols in their work.
And this isn’t new.
Modern art set out to deconstruct art and accomplished its mission. Having destroyed the old, there’s nothing left except nonsense and gibberish.
Structure has to come from somewhere and predictably it will come from the ancient forms, paganism and superstition, and the darker elements associated with it.