Painting Exhibition: Round Trip Stuckism
Ron Throop exhibits his paintings and those of the Russian Stuckists—Alena Levina, Andrew Makarov, Alexey Stepanov, and Lena Ulanova.
By: Ron Throop
At the start of 2016 Throop painted with a group of St. Petersburg and Moscow painting aficionados (The Russian Stuckists), via Skype, during several sessions (a first for Oswego, and perhaps even the world).
Stuckism is an international art movement founded by Londoners' Charles Thomson and Billy Childish in 1999. Stuckists promote the many forms and traditions of figurative painting as opposed to conceptual, or "clever" art. They seek to rehabilitate painting as a practice of liberation.
Throop writes of his connection to these talented Russian painters:
"While connected with Alexey Stepanov and other Russian painters on Facebook and also the popular Russian social networking site VK, I began to encounter snippets of their painting lives. Alexey would post pictures of his makeshift apartment shows and painting get-togethers. He and others would paint a model for the night and finish with conversation and a glass of wine. I was so envious and excited about their camaraderie. I nosed in on their business as often as I could, and dreamed a better life for the visual arts here in the United States."
"There is an art problem embedded deep in my culture. America is resting on its laurels. Painters themselves look all confused. Too many want to make "it", and "making it" means success, and success is measured in wealth, or in the case of the professional painter, being able to make a living via painting. God help me if I ever become one of those "professional"
"These painters represent a piece of the present and future in painting. This is a cultural reality of camaraderie between international artists. Politicians and plutocrats of both countries will continue their fear-mongering, and we, the Stuckists, will continue to paint pictures and learn from and about each other. Please join me on November 5th for the opening reception between 6 and 9 p.m."
The exhibition will host 50-75 original works by the five artists, all painted within the last year.
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