Eugène Delacroix - La Liberté guidant le peuple

Manifesto Preamble

To make art the important thing it was intended to be; not just the empty amusement of idle people.


It seems that today, artists have found a way to call up feelings too easily, and involuntarily express themselves in extremely personal metaphors unclear to everyone else. These feelings are almost always expressed with deliberate originality and absurdity with no hint of naivete or sincerity or simplicity. Almost all new art exhibits end up filling us with indignation.  It is as if the artist is testing you, throwing his hands and fingers randomly on the canvas, hoping you will get caught in the trap and start praising him, at which point he will laugh and confess that he was merely testing you. But when it is finally over, you see that it was all very serious.

-Tolstoy (mostly)

As a result, art is no more what is was intended to be/ should be. But it need not be so and there is hope. The world isn’t short on wisdom: it’s simply lacks focus and techniques for making the wisdom we do have more prominent and understandable.

It is my goal to make true art and to frame it in a special protective envelope to introduce to newcomers and enable them to see it in a sympathetic light. I hope to be able to give art the status it once enjoyed (as cinema does today), making it as tempting as I can for the right reasons and try to genuinely affect the audience.

That said, I don’t believe I can have a final  detailed manifesto at this stage of my life. It is too soon for me in terms of experience to be able to stand on the level of the highest world outlook of this time. What is wiser, I think, is that I draft my manifesto in serial form and modify it as I grow as an artist, compiling and clarifying it at regular intervals. These I will put up as numbered Manifesto Parts for the time being.

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