Sunday, 22 October 2017

Quote of the Day: 'Why It's Okay To Like Ornament'

"Sullivan’s ornament never feels as though it is imposed from without. It does not feel applied.
Instead, his ornament really does manifest what 'organic' is actually supposed to feel like, 'as though the outworking of some beneficent agency had come forth from the very substance of the material and was there by the same right that a flower appears amid the leaves of 
its parent plant.'”
~ Barbara Lamprecht, from Part IV her book/article 'Why It's Okay To Like Ornament,' quoting Michael Lewis

"This greatest feature of his work was esoteric. Is it any the less precious for that?
    "Do you realise that here, in his own way, is no body of culture evolving through centuries of time but a scheme and 'style' of plastic expression which an individual working away in this poetry-crushing environment ... had made out of himself? Here was a sentient individual who evoked the goddess whole civilisations strove in vain for centuries to win, and wooed her with this charming interior smile -- all on his own, in one lifetime too brief.
... Although seeming at time a nature-ism (his danger), the idea is there: of the thing not on it; and therefore Sullivanian self-expression contained the elements and prophesied organic architecture. To look down on such efflorescence as mere 'ornament' is disgraceful ignorance. We do so because we have only known ornament as self-indulgent excrescence ignorantly applied to some surface as a mere prettification. But with the master [Sullivan], 'ornament' was like music; a matter of the soul..."~ Frank Lloyd Wright writing in his book Genius and the Mobocracy about the only man he ever called his Master

1 comment:

  1. More of a Tip than a Comment, PC. Theodore Dalrymple on Le Corbu here:


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