Making a New World

(Krenek Symphony 1)

Making a New World ernst Krenek Symphony 1 art

Ernst Krenek's first symphony (1921), like Paul Nash's painting We Are Making a New World (1918), conveys to me the unnatural rampancy of technological civilization⁠—a destructive force so sweeping it is indistinguishable from new creation. I imagine the same force, in the future, working its way through other planets, moons and asteroids. 

 

Watercolour on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm. 2020.