Allen Patten

New Modern

Month: December, 2013

New Modern Manifesto

For any who may have forgotten or those who never knew:

“In general, the term Modernism encompasses the activities and output of those who felt the “traditional” forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, social organization and daily life were becoming outdated in the new economic, social, and political conditions of an emerging fully industrialized world.”


“New Modernism,” on the other hand, addresses the new economic, social, and political conditions of a single emerging global military industrial dictatorship of the world. The global security state.




“Pennies From Heaven” Oil on sealed cotton rag paper 8″ x 10″ 2013. (here un-framed) or “Flying Monkeys”

Robotism Robotise Robotic…

“”ro·bot·ize [roh-buh-tahyz, -bot-ahyz] Show IPA
verb (used with object), ro·bot·ized, ro·bot·iz·ing.

1. to turn (someone) into a robot.
2. to convert for automated operation or production by robots or robot like machines: to robotize an assembly line.
verb (used without object), ro·bot·ized, ro·bot·iz·ing.
3. to adapt or become adapted to the use of robots or robotics.

Related forms
ro·bot·i·za·tion, noun

1925–30; robot + -ize “The term ‘robot’ was first used to denote fictional automata in a 1921 play R.U.R. Rossum’s Universal Robots by the Czech writer, Karel Čapek.”

By the time Dorothy Gale arrived somewhere over the Disney rainbow with her tin woodman, Read the rest of this entry »

Yayoi Kusama

“Democracy is fallen and she can’t get up”
Oil on sealed 100%  cotton rag paper 8′ X 10″ 2013

“Born in Matsumoto, Nagano into an upper-middle-class family of seedling merchants,[2] Kusama started creating art at an early age, going on to study Nihonga painting in Kyoto in 1948. Frustrated with this distinctly Japanese style, she became interested in the European and American avant-garde, staging several solo exhibitions of her paintings in Matsumoto and Tokyo during the 1950s. In 1957 she moved to the United States, settling down in New York City where she produced a series of paintings influenced by the abstract expressionist movement”

At age ten in 1936 she began drawing and painting dots. Read the rest of this entry »

Whaam Ka-Boom




Oil on sealed 100%  cotton rag paper 8′ X 10″ 2013

Modernist art movements had a context and in many cases a purpose other than avoiding having a purpose. Conversely many present day artistic mavericks/movements seem to have an economic purpose, wasting high-grade art materials and media play time, but not a social purpose other than covering over some architectural blunder or other.

“The period between 1890 and 1950 conventionally associated with the high tide of literary modernism witnessed two World Wars and the Great Depression, the complete collapse of three major continental European empires (the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Romanov) and the contraction of the British and French overseas empires as anti-imperial resistance movements gathered momentum across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. During this period the USA and the Soviet Union also emerged as the decisive new twentieth-century superpowers.”

 The Secret Service Bureau, was founded in 1909, Read the rest of this entry »



“The Golem and the looking glass.” Oil on shellac seal 100% cotton rag paper 8” x 10” 2013. -click to view-

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Oil Fire


Oil on shellac sealed %100 cotton rag paper 8″ x 10″ click to view
Contact Flisak Contemporary Gallery

Let’s say 1850 to 1950 for the sake of symmetry and call it the Oil Boom; the surplus calories of the new order; the beginning and end of modern art. The birth of Alice Liddell and the birth of oil were concurrent. Alice of “under land” and the new heaven and new earth were rushed in together in the bloodiest human experience ever known. Hundreds of millions of souls capable of self government ploughed into shallow graves to make way for the new empire that only oil could bring.


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A rejection of traditional politics and mass religion are the origin of the first modernism and part of the second modernism, but a new modernism will have the added objective of re-creating the whole human being from the fragments of our 21st century Myopticon. In the simplest terms, when bankers and corporations own all the ponies in the race you do not have democracy you have corporatism. Corporatism is socialism, the two terms are interchangeable and neither have anything to do with a proletarian society. Military industrial complex and military dictatorship are exactly the same thing, that is, a corporate civil society. Central bankers and their corporations own the centre, left and right and the only politic they ever fear (past present or future) is true democratic government; for the people by the people. Central bankers and their corporations prefer monarchs and generals, totalitarian dictators and concentration camp democracy. For the past one hundred years Read the rest of this entry »


Shamanism (not the new age stuff) and the “god of the garden” are pre-religion, pre-church, pre philosophy, small time, local practice, healing arts and or local self process of “putting things right.” The internet is a handy shamanic tool as well as an instrument of global totalitarian dictators.


“Smoke Shaman” Oil on shellac sealed cotton rag paper. 8′”x 10″


Pussy Riot: “instructions for a boot machine”

Horse People


Horse people. Likely, gold-plated horse people told the tale, took hold of the collective narrative (the word) that originated the idea, that work for food schemes were the road to the first heaven and earth’s pyramid building civilizations of virtually free, but greatly tormented  labour and an opulent, bloated ruling class of inter breeding families that we now call the military industrial complex and second heaven; since the first heaven and earth had passed away with the collapse of Babylon and then Egypt bringing to an end the grain fueled pyramid empires. Empires that originated when animal herding tribes were pushed off more and more land put to grain cultivation by sedentary farmers whose villages were easily raided, by horse mounted arrow and spear armed tribesmen. Technological advantage and willing brutality then focused on acquiring grain wealth more efficiently than raiding parties could, produced a “new deal” with labour called empire. Maybe heaven isn’t the right word, maybe it is.

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Garden and Modern Art

Some modern artists sought new freedoms and began to seek alternatives  to the murder and destruction of never-ending imperialist wars and many revisited the narrative of a garden paradise. Democratic republics  were common place in Europe between the wars and many modern artists were democracy advocates. Some were attracted to socialist totalitarianism of the left and right or what I like to call the kings sock puppets, since the methods and objectives of socialism are identical to that of a monarchs or a central bankers for that matter. All those uniforms and all that marching are a dead give away.


 Adam and Eve


A game of strategy through the looking glass Alice.

in the garden with love

Duchamp in the garden with love.


Through the Looking Glass






“Primative” Bathers


Garden Paradise


 Garden Bathers


Naked Paradise again.


Socialist straw man or Golem unable to think for himself.

“Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Other moderns explored the Golem/Robot theme and the need that some feel to control others.


Perhaps foreshadowing the M.K. Ultra program,

or U. Of Calgary’s program to grow neurons on chips.

Notice the five pointed star of the Golem.


What ever else modernism was it proved able to address and communicate the genuine  concerns of real human beings living real (non virtual/non synthetic) lives on a dirt and sunshine planet in a manner we can still derive meaning from today.