What is your favorite piece of art ? Hard question I know
I have a bunch of favorites but this one by Beksinski has been a favorite for the longest, probably.
white supremacy devours its own
one of the things that's immediately apparent about white supremacy is that it badly hurts non-white people
perhaps less obvious is that an effective secondary purpose is to hurt almost all white people
b/c the bribe of white supremacy is *not* that it will improve your lot any, just that it will worsen someone else's conditions a great deal
what do the Confederate apologists say these days? "the civil war couldnt have been about slavery; 95 percent of all white people didn't own any slaves at all". as if only the people who actually own capital are the ones who will kill to protect capitalism today
and what's the bargain of capitalism to a poor person? well, they aren't some homeless wretch, are they? and if they work hard, the success of the billionaires will be theirs one day. they believe
for poor whites, white supremacy is the guarantee that no matter how poor, drunk, ignorant, & worthless they are, they will be better than best [slur] can ever be. even the hated whites. the hillbillies were allways white. the irish were always white. the italians were always white. european jews were always white. they were just the wrong kind of white, and so suffered horrible discrimination of their own, but they could always get in on hurting others if they wanted
meanwhile, East Asian Americans, South Asian Americans, Latinx, and Maghreb Arabs (as opposed to Levantine Arabs) didn't get to be white, and sometimes have suffered pogroms or expulsion or terrorist watch lists. but they, too, could take the blood money, be bribed into supporting white supremacy, if it meant someone might be guaranteed to be worse off than they. they could establish a floor of cruelty beyond which only Others felt
even prisons have their trustys. you can be a Black cop; you can be a Buffalo Soldier on a frontier fort. the Cherokee could participate in chattel slavery, the Mescalero could serve as US Army Indian Scouts
white supremacy will not make 95 percent of its participants better off, certainly not better off than they'd have been without slavery, genocide, capitalism. but it will make a lot of people much worse, and if you're white, if you believe hierarchy is essential & inevitable, then you believe that without it, it's possible you'll fall to the bottom & be regarded as badly as you've regarded others
so from a champion boxer like Jack Johnson to a Nobel laureate like Toni Morrison to a centrist president like Barack Obama, the grievous psychic & material wound is seeing that the essentialism you believe in /doesn't/ keep the best of those you hate from rising higher than you ever will. it doesn't matter if the president governs with policies no different than a white man or if he helps you, a poor person, have healthcare you couldn't afford otherwise
when injured, some people would like to be healed & ensure no one can be hurt the same way again. but others would rather see another person in agony just so they can say, "thank god i'm not like that poor son of a bitch"
images of bloodborne as designed by a neural network
params were “bloodborne & zdzislaw beksinski”, “bloodborne & nightmare”, “bloodborne & dream”
What do you think lies within the other portals glimpsed in this painting?
Tower of Dreams was the first of many paintings of towers for my series The Else Lands. It emerged unbidden through an exploratory drawing process I undertook while teaching an introductory drawing class and developed into a fully rendered pencil drawing before becoming a painting. The long, gradual evolution that shaped it resulted in one of my strongest and most popular pieces to date, and taught me a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as both a draftsman and a painter. It also helped solidify the then-nascent realization that I really like painting architectural forms!