"Form follows function is mere dogma until you realize the higher truth that form and function are one."
Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House (via simplescott)
Paintings by Hilma af Klint (1862-1944)
Five years before Wassily Kandinsky (he of the book Concerning the Spiritual In Art, 1910), before Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, before the images of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner—who dismissed her ideas as wrong—was this revolutionary artist and abstractionist, Hilma af Klint, possibly the first purely abstract painter to produced non-objective works in the early 1900s.Hilma af Klint was influenced by contemporary spiritual movements, such as spiritism, theosophy and, later, anthroposophy. Her oeuvre builds on the awareness of a spiritual dimension of consciousness, an aspect that was being marginalised in an increasingly materialistic world. When she painted, she believed that a higher consciousness was speaking through her. In her astonishing works she combines geometric shapes and symbols with ornamentation. Her multifaceted imagery strives to give insights into the different dimensions of existence, where microcosm and macrocosm reflect one another.
Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.
— Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
Side note: These don’t have motors. They’re completely momentum/wind-powered and literally just wander around beaches unsupervised like giant abstract monsters.
these are both amazing and COMPLETELY TERRIFYING
"Last year I abstained
this year I devour
which is also an art"
Margaret Atwood, Last Year I Abstained (via foxesinbreeches)
"O you gods, you long-limbed animals, you
astride the sea and you unhammocked
in the cyprus grove and you with your hair
full of horses, please. My thoughts have turned
from the savor of plums to the merits
of pity—touch and interrupt me,
chasten me with waking, humble me
for wonder again. Seed god and husk god,
god of the open palm, you know me, you
know my mettle. See, my wrists are small.
O you, with glass-colored wind at your call
and you, whose voice is soft as a turned page,
whose voice unrolls paper, whose voice returns
air to its forms, send me a word for faith
that also means his thrum, his coax and surge
and her soft hollow, please—friend gods, lend me
a word that means what I would ask him for
so when he says: You give it all away,
I can say: I am not sorry. I sing."
Rebecca Lindenberg, Litany (via aureolewax)
Divination Book f4r: True Sages
Bavaria (c. 1420s)
"The sunlight didn’t break, we are broken,
the word “broken” is broken."
Yehuda Amichai, from “Yom Kippur”, translated by Chana Bloch (via the-final-sentence)
serpents of Libya
Faits des Romains, Paris ca. 1460-1465.
BnF, Français 64, fol. 391v
26 June 1926; Virginia Woolf with friends (Robert Bridges, top right, and Sir Maurice Bowra, bottom left), photographed by Lady Ottoline Morrell
For medieval illuminators the letter Q must have been a very attractive one. The combination of a circular form and the extending line provokes creative sollutions. An extraordinary example is delivered by the four partbooks of the Chansonnier of Zeghere van Male, a 16th century highlight of inventive manuscript illumination in marvelous watercolours. Among the initials the letter Q deserves special attention: the Q’s are simply outstanding. About the third in this post @jessehurlbut tweeted: ‘Easily the most interesting Q I’ve ever seen!’ Here are some Q’s Jesse, and maybe the first one is as interesting.
Cambrai BM 125-128
Various Artists: Ay-O (Japanese, born 1931), George Brecht (American, 1926–2008), Congo (a Chimpanzee) (Nationality unknown, 1954–1965), Dick Higgins (American, born England. 1938–1998), Joe Jones (American, 1934–1993), Alison Knowles (American, born 1933), Takehisa Kosugi (Japanese, born 1938), Shigeko Kubota (Japanese, born 1937), György Sándor Ligeti (Austrian, born Romania. 1923–2006), Jackson Mac Low (American, 1922–2004), Benjamin Patterson (American, born 1934), Mieko Shiomi (Japanese, born 1938), Ben Vautier (French, born Italy 1935), Robert Watts (American, 1923–1988), Emmett Williams (American, 1925–2007) and La Monte Young (American, born 1935), Fluxus 1, 1964.
Book with offset, metal bolts and stamped ink, containing objects in various media, in wood box with screenprint (sotlylaisse)