All art today is just the meaningless raving of idiots in Hell.
That is the true art of Hell: banal, loud,empty, strident, hollow.
We cannot go backwards to religious fairytales: we cannot go forward unless into further meaninglessness, incoherence, or silence.
If Hell is the absolute absence of god, then art and the religious impulse are one and the same.
Capitalism is the economics of hell: no final reward to make sacrifice for.
The cross is redundant as symbol or voting slip.
Art cannot exist without 'god'. Art cannot exist under capitalism.
Art is in Hell, where there precisely is no art, nor can there ever be.
And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep; and if I weep, 'Tis that our nature cannot always bring Itself to apathy, which we must steep First in the icy depths of Lethe's spring Ere what we least wish to behold will sleep; Thetis baptized her mortal son in Styx; A mortal mother would on Lethe fix.
~ George Gordon Noel Byron ~ Don Juan, Canto IV, 4.
It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior. - Antonin Artaud