The Tralfrealism Manifesto

As a group of artists brought together through many years of collaboration, we are hereby anouncing the creation, growth, development, and world-wide popularization of Tralfrealism - a new trend in painting that was conceived in the XX century's early 80-s.

As a creative method of painting, Tralfrealism abides by the set of principles annunciated in this Manifesto. Most fundamental of these concern reaffirmation of an artist's creative autonomy and individual convictions, as well as his acknowledgement of basic moral, ethical and aesthetic values.

As tralfrealist artists, we stand for freedom of creation - freedom from any preordained schools, trends, styles, techniques, or materials. At the same time, we acknowledge any tralfrealist artist's inherent right to either welcome or oppose schools, techniques or styles of their particular choosing - as well as his or her right to conceive and cultivate their own styles and techniques.

We stand for the freedom of creative activity from mindlessness, amorality, spiritual poverty, and formal disembodiment. We oppose the idea of creative process's divorce from concrete form, morality, spirituality and human awareness. Yet we are also on guard against absolutist or dogmatic interpretations of these notions - as well as of any of civilization's values - as we see them fraught with rigid doxa stifling individuality along with its very creative essence.
As its innermost aesthetic, humanitarian and spiritual value, Tralfrealism unreservedly embraces Harmony which embodies a fertile concordance of other values. For its main aesthetic values Tralfrealism takes picturesqueness of form and sensuousness of color. The prototypes of tralfrealistic images and of their color content can be drawn from elements of the everyday environment, as well as from the mental universe of imagination and fantasy, which is to be seen as unconditionally existing and real in the full sense of the world. Tralfrealistic imagery may also emerge as a result of creative visualization of basic moral and ethical values endorsed by tralfrealism.

These moral and ethical values coalesce around the notions of Good, Beauty, Love, Creativity, and Humanism. Tralfrealism does not insist on the completeness of this list, nor does it assign absolute priority to any one of its values. It realizes that in the lifetime's course, the dynamics of creative endeavor involves inevitable collisions with anti-values, demanding that some of the values be sacrificed in the name of continuity of Harmony.
As a creative philosophical method, Tralfrealism does not pose as a social ideology; it proclaims its autonomy from politics and religion. Tralfrealism also refuses to serve as a mouthpiece of any political or religious ideas, ambitions, preferences and sympathies. But as a movement committed to freedom of expressing one's personal beliefs, Tralfrealism recognizes the right of participating artists to embue their works with their own ideological, political, or religios convictions.

Any artist willing to be a follower or a sympathizer of Tralfrealism must make a commitment to the freedoms and values declared in this manifesto. Any sympathizer or follower of Tralfrealism is also entitled to retain views or convictions of his own as long as they don't come into conflict with the above condition. 1983