The stuckist's manifesto
hedonism and the
cult of the ego-artist.
is the quest for authenticity. By
removing the mask of cleverness and admitting where we are, the
Stuckist allows him/herself uncensored expression.
is the medium of self-discoveryThe stuckist's manifesto. It
engages the person fully with a process of action, emotion, thought and
vision, revealing all of these with intimate and unforgiving breadth
proposes a model of art which is holistic. It is a
meeting of the conscious and unconscious, thought and emotion,
spiritual and material, private and public. Modernism is a school of
fragmentation — one aspect of art is isolated and exaggerated
to detriment of the whole. This is a fundamental distortion of the
human experience and perpetrates an egocentric lie.
who don’t paint aren’t artists.
- Art that
has to be in a gallery to be art isn’t art.
Stuckist paints pictures because painting pictures is what matters.
Stuckist is not mesmerised by the glittering prizes, but is
wholeheartedly engaged in the process of painting. Success to the
Stuckist is to get out of bed in the morning and paint.
- It is the
Stuckist’s duty to explore his/her neurosis and innocence through
the making of paintings and displaying them in public, thereby
enriching society by giving shared form to individual experience and an
individual form to shared experience.
Stuckist is not a career artist but rather an amateur (amare,
Latin, to love) who takes risks on the canvas rather than hiding behind
ready-made objects (e.g. a dead sheep). The amateur, far from being
second to the professional, is at the forefront of experimentation,
unencumbered by the need to be seen as infallible. Leaps of human
endeavour are made by the intrepid individual, because he/she does not
have to protect their status. Unlike the professional, the Stuckist is
not afraid to fail.
is mysterious. It creates worlds within worlds, giving access to the
unseen psychological realities that we inhabit. The
results are radically different from the materials employed. An
existing object (e.g. a dead sheep) blocks access to the inner world
and can only remain part of the physical world it inhabits, be it
moorland or gallery. Ready-made art is a polemic of materialism.
Modernism, in its adolescent attempt to ape the clever and witty in
modern art, has shown itself to be lost in a cul-de-sac of idiocy. What was
once a searching and provocative process (as Dadaism) has given way to
trite cleverness for commercial exploitation. The Stuckist calls for an
art that is alive with all aspects of human experience; dares to
communicate its ideas in primeval pigment; and possibly experiences
itself as not at all clever!
the jingoism of Brit Art and the ego-artist. Stuckism
is an international non-movement.
is anti ‘ism’. Stuckism
doesn’t become an ‘ism’ because Stuckism
is not Stuckism, it is stuck!
- Brit Art,
in being sponsored by Saachis, main stream conservatism and the Labour
government, makes a mockery of its claim to be subversive or
ego-artist’s constant striving for public recognition results
in a constant fear of failure. The
Stuckist risks failure wilfully and mindfully by daring to transmute
his/her ideas through the realms of painting. Whereas the
ego-artist’s fear of failure inevitably brings about an
underlying self-loathing, the failures that the Stuckist encounters
engage him/her in a deepening process which leads to the understanding
of the futility of all striving. The Stuckist doesn’t strive
— which is to avoid who and where you are — the
Stuckist engages with the moment.
Stuckist gives up the laborious task of playing games of novelty, shock
and gimmick. The
Stuckist neither looks backwards nor forwards but is engaged with the
study of the human condition. The Stuckists champion process over
cleverness, realism over abstraction, content over void, humour over
wittiness and painting over smugness.
- If it is
the conceptualist’s wish to always be clever, then it is the
Stuckist’s duty to always be wrong.
Stuckist is opposed to the sterility of the white wall gallery system
and calls for exhibitions to be held in homes and musty
museums, with access to sofas, tables, chairs and cups of tea. The
surroundings in which art is experienced (rather than viewed) should
not be artificial and vacuous.
- Crimes of
education: instead of
promoting the advancement of personal expression through appropriate
art processes and thereby enriching society, the art school system has
become a slick bureaucracy, whose primary motivation is financial. The
Stuckists call for an open policy of admission to all art schools based
on the individual’s work regardless of his/her academic
record, or so-called lack of it.
We further call for the policy
of entrapping rich and
untalented students from at home and abroad to be halted forthwith.
We also demand that all
college buildings be available for
adult education and recreational use of the indigenous population of
respective catchment area. If a school or college is unable to offer
to the community it is guesting in, then it has no right to be
embraces all that it denounces. We only denounce that which stops at
the starting point — Stuckism starts at the stopping point!
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