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

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