About Alexander Shvyrkov
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MY ARTIST MANIFEST
Doing art should be like brushing teeth, cooking food, sleeping. Art should be as natural as breathing.
Art should bring pleasure. You feel “flour of creativity” when your idea is not matured yet, when you are not matured.
Doing art obeys a certain rhythm which you cannot change. If you follow it your works will be born easily, creating them will bring you joy and satisfaction.
In the ideal case the artist does not create for the sake of the result, but simply because he/she cannot but create. However, it would not be correct to understand my words in the sense that creativity is a kind of obsession or mania. Here we can recall the comparison with breathing: on one hand it is needed to sustain life and on the other it does not require any effort.
The fact that the artist should not indulge, please anyone's tastes, at least, formally, is the greatest achievement of the 20th century. The emancipation of the artist from the results of his/her labor (creativity) is the most important goal of the 21st century.
In the 20th century the artist freed him- herself from others, in the 21st the artist will probably free from him- herself.
In general, the artist does not create for something (or someone) but for some reason. Why someone creates, why he or she cannot but create is the greatest mystery of all times.
The artist should not be hungry (poor). Moreover, it shouldn’t be art what provides livelihood for the artist. Because in this case art becomes a job that is something compulsory. That’s why I stand for unconditional basic income.
But even if the artist is forced to sell his/her works, he or she should not sell him- herself.
The desire for fame, wealth is one of the main enemies of the artist. Another one is the rivalry with other artists, the desire to “surpass” them. Both are meaningless and destructive, as is the desire to breathe better than others.
So, paraphrasing one
of the great teachers of Zen, create when you want to create and don’t create
when you don’t want to. There is no wisdom above this.