Friday, 24 July 2015

Their Gods

 "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

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

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Millennia of enlightenment

"The veiled tendency of society towards disaster lulls its victims in a false revelation, with a hallucinated phenomenon. In vain they hope in its fragmented blatancy to look their total doom in the eye and withstand it. Panic breaks once again, after millennia of enlightenment, over a humanity whose control of nature as control of men far exceeds in horror anything men ever had to fear from nature."
Theodor Adorno, "Theses against occultism", Minima Moralia §151, 1951

Frantisek Kupka - Plans Verticaux I - 1912-3

El Lissitzky - Proun 5 - 1919

Theo van Doesburg - Architectural Analysis - 1923

Sunday, 31 May 2015

As Homeland

"The quintessential paradox of the epic resides in the fact that the notion of homeland is opposed to myth - which the fascists would falsely present as homeland."
Theodor Adorno & Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment, 1944
quoted here

Piet Mondrian - Lighthouse at Westkapelle - 1910

Wenzel Hablik - Wonder of the Sea - 1917

Nicholas Roerich - Nagarjuna conqueror of the Serpent - 1925

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Center of Universal Life

"Our renovated consciousness forbid us to consider man as the centre of universal life. The pain of a man is as interesting in our eyes as that of an electric lamp which suffers with spasmodic flinches and cries to us the most heartwrenching expressions of colour."
Manifesto of the Futurist Painters - Umberto Boccioni, Carlo CarrĂ , Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini - 1910
quoted by Eric Michaud

Bill Brandt - The Queen Elizabeth - 1946

Piet Mondrian - Broadway Boogie-Woogie - 1942

Douglas Coupland - Welcome to the Twenty-First Century - 2011
via Monochromatic Axionometric