Category Archives: Fine Art

American Gnosis

For Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, America lacks soil. It exists only for native Americans, but not for others. The modern American — especially the European-American — is without roots. It…

Freemasonry, Occultism, And Their Influence On Contemporary Culture

From Rocawear to Goth, Masonic and occult imagery has influenced contemporary design and music. We look at the roots of Masonic symbolism, and how contemporary culture is reflecting ancient symbolism…

The Sufis by Jean-Leon Jerome.

A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics

[Editor’s note: Below is the first part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. The argument of part two — which will be published next…

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered…

Vincent d'Indy, Composer.

Traditionalism, le Wagnerisme, and Vincent d’Indy

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), an almost exact contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory and, on Franck’s…

Ferdinand Hodler, The Day (detail).

Adversity, and its Importance

Friederich Nietzsche tells us that “whatever does not kill us makes us stronger.” It’s a bold statement. Yet, though today the culture often seems to reward those who wallow in…

Merkabah: the esoteric photography of Antonella Arismendi

The work of photographer Antonella Arismendi has appeared in Rolling Stone, British FHM, Vnfold, and DMag, among others. She’s also photographed for a range of clients, including Loreal France, Nike, and Docomo Japan….

The mystery of the subject: Eric Pelka, artist, in interview

Mixed media artist Eric Pelka has exhibited in galleries in Italy, Japan, and the USA, and was part of a multimedia benefit for the New York Foundation of The Arts in…