Ryan TaylorMrs.SnyderEnglish 11, Period 118, Jan 2018The Arts and Crafts Movement”The Art and Craft of the Machine,” by Frank Lloyd Wright is a pain in the butt to decipher, Not gonna lie it took me like 40 minutes to read the 5 pages cause I had to go over it like 10 times. The Focus of Wrights Lecture is The Machine and he Explains the magnitude of the effect the machine has on Arts and Crafts.
During the first couple of paragraphs wright proclaims that the Machine has been used to hinder and ruin Art, an example of this is “That the Machine has dealt Art in the grand old sense a death blow, None will deny. The evidence is too substantial” Wrights Idea of art is Art is Directed labor to create a beautiful effect, and the Machine make the labor less and so decreases the Art aspect.To prove his point he says this “So the organic process, of which the majestic decline of Architecture is only one case in point, has steadily gone down to the present time, and still goes on, weakening the hold of the artist upon the people….” Because the Machine has taken away the organic process Art has gone down.He goes on to say that architecture was no longer the best medium to create a lasting effect, instead it was the printing press. It proved easier and cheaper to print books that would be easier for people to get.
“The machine is Intellect masting the drudgery of earth that the plastic art may live; that the margin of leisure and strength by which man’s life upon the art h can be made beautiful, may immeasurably widen; its function ultimately to emancipate human expression.” The Machine give people the ability to express themselves with more ease than ever before, such as writing a novel.People want to do things only if they are easy and the Machine could make things too easy and people may not want to do things simply for Arts sake. “Here we find the most deadly perversion of all-the magnificent prowess of the machine bombarding the civilized world with mangled corpses of strenuous horrors that once stood for cultivated luxury-standing now for a species of fatty degeneration simply vulgar.”( Just put this in because it sounded smart)Frank Wright Describes the Machines flaws but the flaws don’t make it inherently bad, it’s only evil because of misuse.
Wright Seems to Think the most important aspect of Art is the simplicity of it. “William Morris pleaded well for simplicity as the basis of all true art. Let us understand the significance to art of that word – SIMPLICITY – for it is vital to the Art of the Machine”The last sentence of “The Art and Craft of the Machine” is “Thus is the thing into which the forces of Art are to breathe ill of identity! A SOUL” Wright Thinks that the Machine is the way of the future but is concerned with how it will be implemented and if people will give up Art for simplicity. I think that this article is still relevant even today and any one whos interested in art or architecture should read it.