Legion. An amalgamated journal.

A nod to the votricists

The moment a man feels or realizes himself as an artist, he ceases to belong to any milieu or time. Blast is created for this timeless, fundamental Artist that exists in everybody.

The Man in the Street and the Gentleman are equally ignored.

Popular art does not mean the art of the poor people, as it is usually supposed to. It means the art of the individuals.

Education (art education and general education) tend to destroy the creative instinct. Therefore it is in times when education has been non-existant that art chiefly flourished.

But it is nothing to do with “the People.”

It is a mere accident that that is the most favourable time for the individual to appear.

To make the rich of the community shed their education skin, to destroy politeness, standardization and academic, that is civillized, vision, is the task we have set ourselves.

We want to make in England not a popular art, not a revival of lost folk art, not a romantic fostering of such unactual conditions, but to make individuals, wherever found.

We will convert the King if possible.


From Blast: Review of the Great English Vortex, No. 1 (1914)

Maryellen McGowan

August 16th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

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The room is, as yet, filled with smoke and apprehension.