Evola’s Bad Hipster Art
Sadly, not all men are perfect. No men are perfect.
You will never agree with any one, 100% of the time. Therefore Platonic harmony must be sought, to discover balance, in your admiration of great men as it must be sought with everything. A personal judgement must be made between what is good or best in a man, and what is an acceptable level of negative traits. As per our own subjective measure, which should itself, by the same law of seeking balance, be as objective as possible. It is the weighing of those scales which determines a figure’s final importance to us, both individually and collectively.
For instance, there is great value in the writing of Baron Julius Evola. And rightly so, is this man remembered as a writer and radical idealogue. However, some of his other creative efforts, such as visual art, are low-energy hipsterish trash. He seems, in that regard, somewhat feebly influenced by a juvenile Dadaism, an excitement to ‘stick it to the bourgois’ like a teenager, as he doodles abstract curios. There are similar examples (Bowden) where an aspect of excellence in one art does not translate to another. But this is no basis to wholly like or hate the subject, for a level of excellence in one practice overshadows, completely, weakness in another.
Regarding Evola, being a Roman aristocrat and mystic, one might have thought he would produce artwork inspired by the solar mythical world, exhibiting heroism and classical values. But no, despite his excellent books, his artwork is incomprehensible and flaccid and atypically of an oeuvre he wrote volumes in opposition to. His visual art is in fact so bad, so lacking in vision and vitality, that his viability as true aristocrat could be called into question. In this regard he embodies the style and, to our dismay, the attitude, of the hipster aristocrat. Luckily, he did not seem to take his own visual art pretentions particularly seriously. Sadly, not all men are perfect.
But being as close as imaginable to a genuine polymath is the truest form of the divine aristocrat.
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Julius Evola states in a recorded interview that he departed from his art in his youth and went on to study Eastern theology. After his studies he went on to write his books. He mentions that the art he made was a reflection of an existential crisis after WWI, it had no artistic value.
Exactly what ‘Jef’ has said before me; in that interview, Evola also said that while such an artstyle was a reaction, or perhaps even coping mechanism for traumatised soldiers after WW1, the style itself, went on to be co-opted and became the ‘complete fad’ that is ‘modern art’