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Author Topic: Briot part 3: how many here have written an artist's statement?  (Read 4332 times)
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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2013, 05:07:48 PM »
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Well I've been forced to write artists statements, and if I'd had artybollocks http://www.artybollocks.com/ I would have used that instead. And I swear by Zeus I will the next time someone asks me to submit some bollocks about what I do. Although I think it's absolutely essential to reflect upon what you are about as an artist, it's bollocks to put that into a formal "statement"---at least one that you show anyone. If you think differently, I'd ask you to point me to some art that you found dull, tedious and uninspired until you read the Artists Statement. I've read a ton of the things at openings and on websites (I read the backs of cereal boxes too  Wink) and I have yet to see one---including ones by artists I respect---that changed my opinion about the art being described. And most are just complete bollocks (such a great word, thank you Brits).
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« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2013, 05:52:34 PM »
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It seems to me that it's the art that should be making the statement. 

An "artist's statement" is by definition, redundant.
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2013, 03:52:21 AM »
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I admire a lot of Alain's photography and many of his essays on this site. However, the ones about the artist's statement makes me very happy to be an amateur rather than an artist.
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2013, 04:23:07 AM »
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It seems to me that it's the art that should be making the statement. 

Could not agree more!
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2013, 06:03:23 AM »
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It seems to me that it's the art that should be making the statement. 

If you're smart enough to do so, then you're generally also smart enough to write a statement.

It may be that people experience difficulty explicating their art, style, genre, drive, and intention (at a certain moment in their progression as an artist), but that hardly qualifies as a good reason to dismiss the entire artist statement as bollocks. In fact, it may well be an indication that the artist hasn't formed a full idea about art in general and his/her own art in particular and where it fits the larger context.

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« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2013, 06:10:02 AM »
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If you're smart enough to do so, then you're generally also smart enough to write a statement.
And smart enough not to do so
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« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2013, 06:13:16 AM »
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And smart enough not to do so

Fine: smart enough to be able to do so.

Whether you like to do so or find it relevant to do so, is obviously up to personal judgement.
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« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2013, 06:37:19 AM »
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Whether you like to do so or find it relevant to do so, is obviously up to personal judgement.
Obviously.

If you are going to write one, make sure it's good and doesn't make you look illiterate or expose you to some other kind of ridicule.
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« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2013, 06:12:04 PM »
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Obviously.

If you are going to write one, make sure it's good and doesn't make you look illiterate or expose you to some other kind of ridicule.

Looking illiterate or exposing to ridicule would encompass about 99.99% of artist statements.
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