I think that even then I had an instinctive doubt whether formlessness
was really better than formality.
The dangers of the Classical are coldness and formality; of the Romantic, over-luxuriance, formlessness
and excess of emotion.
For this reader, though, the intentional sloppiness feels more than a tad self-indulgent and smacks of what lit-crit types call the fallacy of imitative form: when a work's formlessness
is justified by how well it mimics the chaotic, disintegrating, incoherent nature of the modern world.
The video itself is as tripped-out as the song: A disorienting series of random images -- insects, cell structures, fire, tornadoes, ominous skies -- interspersed with cuts of Volley dancing to the music, finding a beat within the seeming formlessness
To fire matter surrenders all form and from formlessness
the materia constellates.
Synopsis: "The Novel of the Future" explores the act of creation in literature, film, art, and dance in order to arrive at a new synthesis for the young artist struggling against the sterility, formlessness
, and spiritual bankruptcy afflicting much of modern fiction.
Precisely installed, the show allowed viewers to examine each piece discretely and also to trace a kind of spatial narrative--Pamela Rosenkranz's water bottles, for example, were followed by Yngve Holen's sculptures based on 3-D scans of raw meat, in a graceful segue from commodity form to what might be called commodity formlessness
The feat of securing the tension and the intensity in the fired clay, right there where the ceramic art work seesaws back and forth on the borderline between abstraction and figuration, between form and formlessness
, between logic and chaos, between reason and sensory perception, is a rare art that both of them have mastered.
The theatre of plethora, the theatre of exaggeration and excess, approaches the formal condition of formlessness
Here, too, Dennis Denisoff ("'A Disembodied Voice': The Postuman Formlessness
of Decadence," 181-200) declares: "For all their apparent flash and flaunting, British decadents have proven notoriously difficult to pin down" (181).
It was the brand name for formlessness
in art and life, it represented a movement where there were no rules, no conventions - nothing at all in fact.
129) could be read as the hostility of the unconscious toward the ego, as a desire for a return to the formlessness
that preceded the ego's formation.