Call him old-fashioned or elitist or whatever other stodgy names, but Sir Roger Scruton makes a damn good case for the need to preserve beauty in this 2009 documentary film. You can watch it for free on Youtube.
While Postmodernism turned establishment art on its head (think of the Dadaists, the Surrealists, the Abstract Expressionists, the Brutalists, and onward), an unintended consequence of that movement has led us now to a slew of contemporary works of art and architecture stripped of beauty, which Scruton argues is a virtue we desperately need to defend.
Human beings need beauty to thrive, to have hope, to keep living....maybe, even to touch the divine. Think of the prehistoric painters in Lascaux for example who decorated their otherwise dark cave walls and ceilings with art. What was that about? Or the early Mesopotamian sculptures used for worship? Or the Ancient Egyptian works of Ra, the Sun God? Has there always been a connection of art with something deeper and higher? Scruton thinks so. And I do too.
Form follows function was once a noble cause, but take a walk through any modern high-rise cities and it's hard to tell one glass and steel structure from another. Or artists who create work only to shock the viewer, instead of helping to transcend and find greater truths? What happens to us when utility and commodity becomes the establishment? Do we even recognize beauty anymore? I believe this is something important for all of us to contemplate for ourselves.
Bits & Pieces
A place for experimentation, a place for pieces unpolished and unpublished, a place to work out thoughts and ideas for larger collections. Typos aplenty. Enjoy (or not).