Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Gardener

"Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him!"
Nietzsche, Daybreak, 1881

Piet Mondrian - Golden-Banded Lily - 1909-1910

Georgia O'Keeffe - Black Iris - 1926

Emil Nolde -  Alpenveilchen - 1935-1940

Friday, 30 October 2015

Dissonance assuming Human Form

“If you could imagine dissonance assuming human form - and what else is man? - this dissonance would need, to be able to live, a magnificent illusion which would spread a veil of beauty over its own nature.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, 1872

Jenny Holzer - 15 Inflammatory Essays - 1979-82

Jonas Staal Against Irony - 2008

Olivia Steele - If less is more I prefer nothing - 2013

Thursday, 15 October 2015

First Men

"We are the first men of a Future that has not materialized!"
Wyndham Lewis, Blasting and Bombardeering, 1937
quoted in Malcolm Bradbury's London 1890-1920

Robert Delaunay - La fenĂȘtre sur la ville no.3 - 1911–12

Edward Wadsworth - The Open Window - 1915

Theo van Doesburg - Counter composition XVII - 1926

Friday, 24 July 2015

Eminently Triangle

 "But if cattle or lions had hands, so as to paint with their hands and produce works of art as men do, they would paint their gods and give them bodies in form like their own—horses like horses, cattle like cattle."
Xenophanes, fragments 6, c.a. 580 BC

Wobbe Alkema - Composition - 1921

Oskar Donau - Sonnenrad - 1918
via Peter Weibel

Gerardo Dottori - Paese umbro - 1932

“A triangle, if it could speak, would likewise say that God is eminently triangle, and a circle that God’s nature is eminently circular” 
Baruch Spinoza, Letter 56
quoted by Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Spinoza’s Anti-Humanism: An Outline

All the Way to Heaven

"...The empty form goes all the way to heaven."
Agnes Martin, The Untroubled Mind, 1972

Koloman Moser - Vignetten - Ver Sacrum - 1900s

Julius Klinger - Tabu poster - 1919

Paul Jacoulet - Calligraphy - 1940s