Stanislav Szukalski was a Polish-American painter and sculptor. His beautiful art can be seen in a new Netflix documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio called Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski.
Like many famous people, his quirkiness stood out. It seems that in order to prosper and not be molded as an “average” person, people need to think outside the box. Sometimes, people think outside this world, galaxy, or the universe. However, for Szukalski—his thinking was from another dimension. He believed that school stifled growth, as people were molded. As no human is perfect, it seemed that his downfall was the belief that humanity derived from (get ready for this…) a Yeti. The thought seems so outrageous right? But sometimes, it’s better to look past people’s personal beliefs and look at them as a whole. For example, instead of creating a border wall between the United States and Mexico, he believed in creating a monument that praised both cultures. Now the idea of joining groups instead of dividing doesn’t seem too outrageous does it? If you so choose not to look at this man’s artwork, you’re probably missing out on the single greatest artwork in the 20th, 21st, and 22nd century. Could you name a better artist than this man? Or how about, a more inspirational artist? Matter of fact, I dare you to leave a comment and mention someone better.
My training was not of the conventional academic type. I spent four years in that institution attempting imaginary subjects-in the form of playthings. Obedient only to my own insistent nonconformity, suspicious of advice or authority. Obedient only to my own insistent nonconformity, suspicious of advice or authority. I worked from my imagination. Never “studying” or using models in any way, thus I am gradually fulfilling the measure which my self-esteem prescribed.
Until very recently I have evaded all books as they may have proved of educational value yet might have hindered my ‘finding myself’. In order to realize what tendencies were latent in my makeup, I began ‘prospecting’ under the helpful guidance of this motto; first; attempt to think and create within the meager means you natively posses and then read, if there is nothing more worthy to do.
From the very beginning I worshiped inherited traditions of culture. Great men whose work I saw or heard of. I raised– in my admiration– to the heights of gods, but! I denied them any right to claim fundamental authority.
I looked toward Modernism and all its movements with grinning face, as if to say, ‘I won’t tell on you.’ I felt that all grounds of modernists were composed of weaklings who cultivate their presumptions and parade their adopted individuality ‘arm in arm’ with the conveniently invented personalism of fads and movements.
If you feel inspired, check out his website here. His book, BEHOLD!!! THE PROTONG (1,200 original copies) is being reprinted in an all-new format by Last Gasp Publishers. The website said that it will be ready in early 2019.
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On June 10, 1960, W.F. Moore filed a patent of a propulsion unit. On August 11, 2006, Isabel Lozano from Cuernavaca from Mexico made history. She was the first woman in history to fly a rocket belt. With such invention it’s possible to fly for up to 30 seconds. It was built by her father, Juan Manuel Lozano, who used hydrogen peroxide as rocket fuel and is the inventor of the penta-metallic catalyst pack. Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana has quite possibly improved “Bell’s Rocket Belt”. Thinking of uniting ideas and cultures around the world, Stanislaw Szukalski mentioned creating a monument to represent United States and Mexico. This monument was to be seen as a “Statue of Liberty”. In his documentary, Szukalski shows the monument’s draft and is quoted saying “But I don’t know what to do with it in present America.” Maybe he wanted to create such a monument to inspire, help educate, and motivate the world’s viewpoint of not having borders and have such monuments throughout the world.