The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Depression #1


Frozen Assets
(Diego Rivera; 1931)

2 comments :

Dan said...

What is the lone watchman guarding, is that people laying on the floor sleeping? I like the work overall, the layers are very interesting and a novel thing to see.

Tom Sutpen said...

Dan asked:

What is the lone watchman guarding, is that people laying on the floor sleeping?

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Considering the artist, I would assume the watchman is standing guard over Capital.

I like the work overall, the layers are very interesting and a novel thing to see.

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With the above-ground/underground juxtaposition, it's kind of obvious that Diego Rivera saw "Metropolis". Actually, I'm a little amazed, now that I think about it, how much of the imagery in his murals comes out of that film.