Monday, May 7, 2012

Life Interprets Art

Each night I cross the threshold to announce, "I'm going upstairs to change".
I return downstairs, a new man. But people usually just notice my clothes.

I finally completed the last D.H Lawrence work in The Modern Library. Having found them mostly insufferable, except possibly The Rainbow, I thought I would share one striking excerpt from Women In Love:

"Sculpture and architecture must go together. The day for irrelevant statues, as for wall pictures, is over. As a matter of fact, sculpture is always part of architectural conception. And since churches are all museum stuff, since industry is our business, now, then let us make our places of industry our art - our factory-area our Parthenon-ecco!"

"...there is not only no need for our places of work to be ugly, but their ugliness ruins the work, in the end. Men will not go on submitting to such intolerable ugliness. In the end it will hurt too much, and they will wither because of it. And this will wither the work as well. They will think the work itself is ugly; the machines, the very act of labor. Whereas machinery and the acts of labor are extremely, maddeningly beautiful. But this will be the end of our civilisation, when people will not work because work has become so intolerable to their senses, it nauseates them too much, they would rather starve. Then we will see the hammer used only for smashing, then we shall see it. - Yet here we are - we have the opportunity to make beautiful factories, beautiful machine-houses - we have an opportunity - "

"Art should interpret industry, as art once interpreted religion."

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