Ugly Art Style Used By Facebook, etc.

Towgunner

Kingfisher
I think everything is ugly today. One of my biggest issues with this whole woke tyranny is that it has absolutely NO aesthetic. My home town, Boston, MA, is a great example. Boston was a very nice city. What made it nice was its historical ambiance. Beacon Hill and Back Bay brownstones with tree-lined boulevards. Boston had a European essence to it. Today, that essence is being widdled away. At first, we didn't really notice it. The beauty of Boston seemed to be something we could always count on. In the background things were happening. The Brutalism, I believe it is, style of architecture, actually was "debated" at Harvard, which is just next to Boston. This happened during the 1970s. The outcome was brutalism won? Yet, this "modern" form of architecture is exactly the sort of mind numbing, uninspiring architecture that current infests our inner cities like a cancer. And then came environmental sustainability, and their assorted new building codes etc. This led to the monstrosity of the seaport district. A large but ugly eyesore - death by rectangles and boxes.

But, I've noticed something else too. People are mostly ugly. I haven't seen a nice looking woman in weeks. Most of them are overweight and physically ugly. I don't know if this is because most women aren't wearing makeup anymore? Also, their bodies are strange. This goes for men to. Women have this sort of gluten/alcoholic belly, which gives takes away from the buttocks. Before, it was common to see a shapely thigh, let and bum combination, even for women that weren't in shape. Today, its a rarity.
 

Tardynox

Sparrow
Orthodox Inquirer
I think everything is ugly today. One of my biggest issues with this whole woke tyranny is that it has absolutely NO aesthetic. My home town, Boston, MA, is a great example. Boston was a very nice city. What made it nice was its historical ambiance. Beacon Hill and Back Bay brownstones with tree-lined boulevards. Boston had a European essence to it. Today, that essence is being widdled away. At first, we didn't really notice it. The beauty of Boston seemed to be something we could always count on. In the background things were happening. The Brutalism, I believe it is, style of architecture, actually was "debated" at Harvard, which is just next to Boston. This happened during the 1970s. The outcome was brutalism won? Yet, this "modern" form of architecture is exactly the sort of mind numbing, uninspiring architecture that current infests our inner cities like a cancer. And then came environmental sustainability, and their assorted new building codes etc. This led to the monstrosity of the seaport district. A large but ugly eyesore - death by rectangles and boxes.

But, I've noticed something else too. People are mostly ugly. I haven't seen a nice looking woman in weeks. Most of them are overweight and physically ugly. I don't know if this is because most women aren't wearing makeup anymore? Also, their bodies are strange. This goes for men to. Women have this sort of gluten/alcoholic belly, which gives takes away from the buttocks. Before, it was common to see a shapely thigh, let and bum combination, even for women that weren't in shape. Today, its a rarity.
Can concur, I live in the Netherlands in a city called Rotterdam, and domestically it's pretty well known for being crap. The architecture is all over the place, but everything is consistently modern (and quite ugly). Then we have the fact that 50% is of a foreign background,and 70% of the youth have Non-Dutch genes (gonna be honest I am in part a product of that issue because I am part Indonesian). Here I'll show you some pics of what it all looks like:

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"De Lijnbaan", a busy shopping street.

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Beurstraverse, colloquially known as "De Koopgoot", yet another shopping avenue which also functions as an underpass for the Coolsingel, a big street along which the City Hall stands.

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Binnenwegplein, a busy shopping square.

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"Depot Boijmans van Beuningen" an ugly flower pot which serves as an art museum.

Now this is only part of the city centre, could show a bunch more residential areas and some other busy streets which also look ugly, but I guess y'all get the point. Besides this we also have the biggest port in Europe (used to be the biggest in the world for a while in fact), which itself brings a lot of less nice things. Things like cocaine smuggling, funny gasses and giant ugly ships, though the port really is just a giant arm stretching westwards of which you don't notice too much within the city itself.
 

Akaky Akakievitch

Woodpecker
Orthodox Catechumen
I once thought Satanism was about blood sacrifices and the occult.

No...it's really about inclusion, diversity and equality.

It's both. This is a war on multiple fronts.

Glad I stumbled across this thread today, it was a subject where I hadn't found the means to express myself but the posts and videos here have helped me come to terms with this modernity monstrosity.

The first time I noticed this creepy modernist art was an ornament my sister had, I think it was quite popular among family homes because of it's appeals to diversity and inclusion, as it lacked a face... it gives me chills thinking about it.

No face = no personality = no human being = death cult. Easy to see how people accepted masks when they accept art with no faces.

It was similar to this example but I can't find the exact one i mean, hopefully you understand my point:

Why the no-face?

This artist offers customised designs, where you can change the clothes and hair, but the point is that you stay face-less. It appears to me as a direct affront to God, and a complete lack of understanding that we were created in His image and likeness. Instead it favours the amorphous-communist appeal to a 'greater good' of humanity with non-judgmental and radically simple designs, rather than boldly presenting yourself as a family with faces, contours and all the rest.

It is not exactly like the corporate "Hugbox Bolshevism" as OP calls it, but it's in the same stylistic vein. It is ghostly and horrifying IMHO. I'm sure people who buy this stuff are decent enough people, but they fall into this trap because of their disconnection from God and mis-understanding their true identity. Also it's a veiled sort of self-hatred, to not want to present yourself as who you are, warts and all. I'm not saying the antidote is self-love, not at all, but it's emblematic of what's happening in our society as a whole right now. Post-truth, post-fact, post-human and without God.
 

Number one bummer

Kingfisher
Other Christian
Gold Member
The first time I noticed this creepy modernist art was an ornament my sister had, I think it was quite popular among family homes because of it's appeals to diversity and inclusion, as it lacked a face... it gives me chills thinking about it.

No face = no personality = no human being = death cult. Easy to see how people accepted masks when they accept art with no faces.

It was similar to this example but I can't find the exact one i mean, hopefully you understand my point:

This artist offers customised designs, where you can change the clothes and hair, but the point is that you stay face-less. It appears to me as a direct affront to God, and a complete lack of understanding that we were created in His image and likeness.
My first thought is the artist just stinks at painting faces. Maybe it's so you can draw on your own?
 

BasilSeal

Kingfisher
Catholic
Gold Member
I was wondering if this was it. We have at least one of these. They're popular gifts people like to give for celebrating "life events", like a new baby, marriage, pregnancy, etc when they presumably have no better idea of what to give.

I never gave them much thought. The one we have collects dust just like every other knick knack we've accumulated, and if I made it disappear out of the bookshelf today, it wouldn't be missed by anyone. I'll test that theory!

Edit. This one:
Figurine
 
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Akaky Akakievitch

Woodpecker
Orthodox Catechumen
I was wondering if this was it. We have at least one of these. They're popular gifts people like to give for celebrating "life events", like a new baby, marriage, pregnancy, etc when they presumably have no better idea of what to give.

I never gave them much thought. The one we have collects dust just like every other knick knack we've accumulated, and if I made it disappear out of the bookshelf today, it wouldn't be missed by anyone. I'll test that theory!

Edit. This one:
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Yeah i think this was the exact one my sister had actually. Similarly, it never bothered me at first, but now it truly exemplifies this sort of soul-less society we live in these days.

Last year I was reading a great book by the late Roger Scruton, titled The Face of God. I bought it during mid-2021 when things were still peak-covid crazy and masks were still fairly abundant. It spoke to me through the bookshop and I marvelled at how even the spine of the book was expressing an irony that no one apparently noticed but me at the time.

It's a series of lectures given in 2010, and then edited for book format. In Chapter 5, The Face of the Person, he shares a famous self-portrait of Rembrandt, the Dutch painter:

Self-Portrait at the Age of 63

He wrote this:

For Rembrandt the face is the place where the self and the flesh melt together, and where the individual is revealed not only in the life that shines on the surface but also in the death that is growing in the folds. The Rembrandt self-portrait is that rare thing - a portrait of the self. It shows the subject incarnate in the object (my emphasis), embraced by its own mortality, and present like death on the unknowable edge of things.

I did an experiment where I covered his face with a small shred of paper, kind of like he was wearing a mask, to get the impression of just how important the face is, and then I wrote in the margins: 'It's akin to removing the soul of the self-portrait. All of the power that comes in this painting comes from the face, nowhere else.'

So since then whenever I see these faceless art styles now, and it relates to all this corporate BS art they're churning out too, I see this ultimate loss of the "subject incarnate in the object" as Roger puts it, and instead see the object standing alone, void of any substance.

Let us know if removing the ornament stokes a reaction! I think my sister may have picked up on my low opinion of them and she has since got rid of them, thankfully.
 

Maddox

Kingfisher
Protestant
It's both. This is a war on multiple fronts.

Glad I stumbled across this thread today, it was a subject where I hadn't found the means to express myself but the posts and videos here have helped me come to terms with this modernity monstrosity.

The first time I noticed this creepy modernist art was an ornament my sister had, I think it was quite popular among family homes because of it's appeals to diversity and inclusion, as it lacked a face... it gives me chills thinking about it.

No face = no personality = no human being = death cult. Easy to see how people accepted masks when they accept art with no faces.

It was similar to this example but I can't find the exact one i mean, hopefully you understand my point:

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This artist offers customised designs, where you can change the clothes and hair, but the point is that you stay face-less. It appears to me as a direct affront to God, and a complete lack of understanding that we were created in His image and likeness. Instead it favours the amorphous-communist appeal to a 'greater good' of humanity with non-judgmental and radically simple designs, rather than boldly presenting yourself as a family with faces, contours and all the rest.

It is not exactly like the corporate "Hugbox Bolshevism" as OP calls it, but it's in the same stylistic vein. It is ghostly and horrifying IMHO. I'm sure people who buy this stuff are decent enough people, but they fall into this trap because of their disconnection from God and mis-understanding their true identity. Also it's a veiled sort of self-hatred, to not want to present yourself as who you are, warts and all. I'm not saying the antidote is self-love, not at all, but it's emblematic of what's happening in our society as a whole right now. Post-truth, post-fact, post-human and without God.

The figurines with missing faces looks more like art. This painting though, just looks creepy as each of the figures lacks human emotion. The pessimist in me would say this was to show the transformation into transhumanism.

Maybe there aren't any nefarious reasons for drawing the figures without faces. It's possibly just so each family member can visualize themselves in their own role of the make-believe family.
 

JustinHS

Robin
Orthodox
That was it! Thank you, I mentioned in my post that was what my sister had but I didn't know what they were called. They're so creepy.
Yeah, my wife knew what they were called because she was gifted one long ago. I too had the same thoughts when the hierarchs insisted on masking up the last two years. It’s like erasing our own icons from the liturgy. There is no such thing as a faceless icon. That would be blasphemous.

Secular minded people had no issue with covering up their icons because their worldview is one in which icons are pointless in the struggle for survival. For them survival/safety > the icon. Even in the church.
 

Akaky Akakievitch

Woodpecker
Orthodox Catechumen
The figurines with missing faces looks more like art. This painting though, just looks creepy as each of the figures lacks human emotion. The pessimist in me would say this was to show the transformation into transhumanism.

Maybe there aren't any nefarious reasons for drawing the figures without faces. It's possibly just so each family member can visualize themselves in their own role of the make-believe family.

Fair point. I don't think people have bad intentions when designing it, but it is a testament to the cultural waters we're swimming in right now IMO, that an artist would feel inspired to leave out faces altogether. Wouldn't Satan love nothing more than to reduce us to empty vessels with no expression. At no time in human history would it have been conceivable to design such figures. Our age is the exception. Perhaps they could have been a prototype or template for a model, that still needs to be completed but not considered as a finished product. We avoid offence to such a degree (i.e. not including a face) that we erase ourselves in the process.

Like I said, I think the people that buy or have these things are probably decent people, and it shows as some members of this forum had them as well as my sister, but it is revealing about where we place value in art now, whether that's a conscious choice or not. Instead of focusing on the face, like in the Rembrandt painting, instead we focus on the form or objective outline, without any consideration to the subject. And, as all the corporate BS art in this thread goes to show too, when you lack a unifying principle of beauty and aesthetics, then it starts to get absurd pretty quickly. I'm looking forward to EMJ's new book on Beauty, it sounds related to this topic.

There is no such thing as a faceless icon. That would be blasphemous.

Precisely.

Secular minded people had no issue with covering up their icons because their worldview is one in which icons are pointless in the struggle for survival. For them survival/safety > the icon. Even in the church.

I think it stems from this obsession with materiality and appearances, ignoring the spiritual essence or individual quality of a person. When you focus too much on how things should look, rather than what they are, then it creates this void of meaning. Some of this is immediate as well as building up slowly in the background, changing the artistic-cultural tides, resulting in 2022 which feels like a self-destructive moment for the Western world in general.
 
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