Addressing the Shadow and Making Friends with Wild Dogs: Remodernism

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Addressing the Shadow and Making Friends with Wild Dogs: Remodernism, held in 2005 in New York, United States, was the first American exhibition that included work from all of the Remodernist groups,[1] and was one of the last art shows at CB's 313, the gallery connected to CBGB.[2] It was organized by Jesse Richards and Tony Juliano.[3]


Jesse Richards, photo by Charles Thomson.jpg Tony Juliano, photo by Charles Thomson.jpg
Jesse Richards
Tony Juliano
The show was organized by Richards and Juliano.[3]

Addressing the Shadow and Making Friends with Wild Dogs: Remodernism was held from August 3, 2005, to August 29, 2005, one of the last show in CBGB's CB's 313 gallery in New York before the club closed.[2] The organizers were Jesse Richards and Tony Juliano.[3]

All of the major Remodernist groups were represented (as well as many of the major artists within each group), including the Stuckists, the Defastenists, the Remodernist filmmakers, and members of Stuckism Photography. The title is a reference to the Remodernist manifesto.

Los Angeles artist and blogger, Mark Vallen, said:

In the mid-1970s punk rock was born in a dank little New York nightclub called CBGB’s. It all started when rockers like Television, the Ramones and Patti Smith launched a frontal assault on the monolith of corporate rock 'n roll. Now another artistic revolt, Remodernism, is about to widen its offensive from the birthplace of punk.[1]

Participating artist, Padraic Moore said the show proved popular and also had a good attendance, the latter in part helped by the imminent closure of the "legendary punk music venue",[4] CBGB's, which had attracted a lot of tourists wanting to see the place for the last time, in addition to people directly attracted by the artwork.[4]

Participating groups[edit]

The Stuckists[edit]

Main article: Stuckism

The Stuckists, the first Remodernist art group, were founded in 1999 by Charles Thomson and Billy Childish to promote figurative painting and oppose conceptual art. The name was derived from an insult by Tracey Emin. The original group of 13 artists has grown, as of September 2009, to an international movement of 200 groups in 47 countries. Childish left the group in 2001.

The Remodernist Filmmakers and Photographers[edit]

Main article: Remodernist film

Remodernist film developed in the United States and the United Kingdom in the late 1990s and early 21st century and is related to the British art movement Stuckism and its manifesto, Remodernism. The first Remodernist type films were made previous to Remodernism being incorporated by the Stuckists and were by Harris Smith, Jesse Richards and Nicholas Watson. Remodernist film calls for a return to emotional and spiritual meaning in cinema, as well as an emphasis on narrative structure and subjectivity. Their influences include Andrei Tarkovsky and Yasujiro Ozu and the punk filmmakers of the No Wave Cinema movement among others.

The Defastenists[edit]

Main article: Defastenism

Defastenism is a Remodernist art movement founded in Dublin in 2004. The Defastenists are also known as The Defastenist Party. Defastenism was founded in May 2004 by undergraduates at the Dublin National College of Art and Design, Gary Farrelly, Padraic Moore,[5] Ben Mullen, Alexander Reilly, Manfred Kerr, Jane McGovern and Seanan Oliver.[4] Moore, Farrelly and Reilly co-wrote a Defastenist manifesto.[4] The membership consists of artists, musicians, architects, writers, film makers and designers.[4]

The Defastenists are a self-declared Remodernist art movement. "Defastenism" is a term coined by the group. Moore described the use of the word:

The term comes specifically from the idea of unbuckling the metaphorical seatbelt. The concept that one must "Defasten" from the Jetzeit.The aeroplane—a constant motif in Defastenist art—is one of the symbols, which we believe defines our zeitgeist.[4]

They have a strongly theatrical, propagandistic and rhetorical self-promotional style (reminiscent of early 20th Century movements such as Dada), including appointing themselves to ministerial posts of the imaginary "Kunstrepublic".

The Stuckist Photographers[edit]

The Stuckist Photographers are a group of photographers founded by Larry Dunstan and Andy Bullock in December 2003 in order to apply the values of the Stuckist painters to photography. The Manifesto of the Stuckist Photographers states 11 points, among them:

Concepts with integrity are at the heart of the Stuckist photograph
The Stuckist Photographer develops vision and reality
The Stuckist Photographer has depth, soul, heart, love and passion for the art of photography[6]



Philip Absolon, J.T. Dockery, Ella Guru, Jeffrey Scott Holland, Wolf Howard, Tony Juliano, Joe Machine, Emily Mann, Terry Marks, Sexton Ming, Jesse Richards, Vanessa Niwi Rossetto and Charles Thomson.


Gary Farrelly, Padraic Moore, Alex Reilly.

Remodernist Film and Photography

Jesse Richards, Harris Smith and Nicholas Watson.

The Stuckist Photographers

Wolf Howard and Charles Thomson.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vallen, Mark. "Stuckists at CBGBs",, 2 August 2005. Retrieved 1 June, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Archive: Some past Stuckist shows", Retrieved 30 May, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Sherwin, Brian. "Art Space Talk: Charles Thomson", Myartspace, October 27, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sherwin, Brian. "Art Space Talk: Padraic Moore", Myartspace, 31 October, 2006. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Clarke, Victoria Mary. "Why I never became an artist", Irish Independent, 11 September 2005. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "The Manifesto of the Stuckist Photographers" Accessed May 31, 2008