Friday, 11 March 2016

'We love progress, but not yours'

"AGAINST . . .
10. - Pioneers suffering from arrested development, from success or from despair, pioneers sitting snug on their tight little islands, or vegetating in their oases refusing to resume the march, the pioneers who say: 'We love progress, but not yours'

F. T. Marinetti, C. R. W. Nevinson, Vital English Art, Lacerba, II, 14, July 1914

Paul Klee - Fire In The Evening - 1929
via Charnel House

Anni Albers - Wall Hanging - 1926

Josef Mueller Brockmann - Juni Festwochen poster - 1959

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

People wish to escape from personality

"Generally speaking, it can be said that people wish to escape from personality. When people are encouraged, as happens in a democratic society, to believe that they wish "to express their personality, the question at once arises as to what their personality is. For the most part, if investigated, it would be rapidly found that they had none. So what would it be that they would eventually "express "? And why have they been asked to "express" it?" Wyndham Lewis, "The Contemporary Man 'Expresses His Personality"' 
quoted here

Ludwig Hilberseimer - Hochhausstadt - 1924

Vadim Ryndin - Sets for Mashinal - 1933 

Sergey Luchishkin - The ball flew off - 1926

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