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force_of_will
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Lets evoke Schopenhauer and...Hitler.

Schopenhauer gives us that the Will is formless urge. Neitzche seems the most popular interpreter that this Will, tied to Dionysus, has to be reckoned with in man by review of "animal nature", desires, etc. The Greek chorus was basically a herd of goats, or Pan, something only slightly above such creatures living on the primal urges with little to no reason, ability to reflect, etc. The contrast was the Apollonian ideal, forms with little to no motion. Statues and paintings that do not move. The problem is getting from the Primal to the Ideal, where art must take up some action by means of primal energy for its creative thrust. Yet it also has a focal goal, some ideal, some utopia, something imagined, something moral....

LaChappell picks a scene that one might harken as at a point right before his "commencement". Jesus, in death, has graduated to a higher plane and position, here marked in part by the white cloth. But too, for those still of the world, it is a time when things could not look worse. The resurrection is still to come. Jesus has been done in by an inhumanity to man by way of a brutal yet energetic society, Rome. He will soon reemerge as a force in the world, a focus of idealism.

LaChappell plays on all of these themes. The general portrayal is that our energies have been squandered and that society suffers from this in a vapid and banal carnival. Desires unfulfilled are everywhere. There is no savior either. Lines of communication descend into the water of the subconscious, a sea where either side offers a landscape of desolation either of the artifacts of social constructs or of the soul of man. There is passion, but where is the compassion? Inspiration?

I could go on. Very fine piece.
force_of_will
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
It should be "Reubens picks a scene..."

And I forgot Hitler. Failed artist, his energies went into political inspiration, yet the darkness of his energy, and you can see his fury when in his public speaking mode, had a very dark side. If one could but exorcise the war and atrocities from Nazi Germany, what would be left would be great things. But that is still the trick, harnessing that dark and primal energy without creating a man made horror show.

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