Long Live the Vortex!
[from BLAST: Review of the Great English Vortex, No. 1, 7-8 (20th June 1914)]
Long live the great art vortex sprung up in the center of this town!
We stand for the Reality of the Present - not for the sentimental Future, or the sacripant Past.
We want to leave Nature and Man alone.
We do not want to make people to wear Futurist Patches, or fuss men to take pink and sky-blue trousers.
We are not their wives or tailors.
The only way Humanity can help artists is to remain independent and work unconsciously.
WE NEED THE UNCONSCIOUSNESS OF HUMANITY - their stupidity, animalism and dreams.
We believe in no perfectability except our own.
Intrinsic beauty is in the Interpreter and Seer, not in the object or content.
We do not want to change the appearance of the world, because we are not Naturalists, Impressionists, or Futurists (the latest form of Impressionism), and do not depend on the appearance of the world for our art.
WE ONLY WANT THE WORLD TO LIVE, and to feel it’s [sic] crude energy flowing through us.
It may be said that the great artists in England are always revolutionary, just as in France any really fine artist had a strong traditional vein.
Blast sets out to be an avenue for all those vivid and violent ideas that could reach the Public in no other way.
Elephants are VERY BIG. Motor cars go quickly.
Blast presents an art of Individuals.