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ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby marcib » Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:43 pm

Sooooooooo... youre an artist ... and now you need an artist's statement .

Need to generate an artsy fartsy , highfalutin , razzle-dazzle piece of pretentious bullcrap ?

With just a few adjustments , you too can turn out an exaggerated, pompous,bombastic, specious, grandiloquent,vainglorious,magniloquent ( yes, I have a thesaurus and I know how to use it ! ) pile of scatological verbiage that leaves the art world fawning at your feet and makes art critics weep with joy .

click here :
http://www.playdamage.org/market-o-matic/



and here is another " DIY" artist statement generator that I found on a blog by
James Gurney http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/

Artist’s Statement Generator
Next time your gallery dealer asks you for an Artist’s Statement, don’t despair. Instead of sweating over writing one yourself, just use this all-purpose Artist’s Statement Generator.

It’s easy! Choose a line from Column 1, a line from Column 2, and a line from Column 3, stick ‘em together, and you’ll mystify the best of them.

"My recent work is:

Column 1
An exploration of the irreducible act of mark-making...
An investigation of the mimetic process...
An excavation of the inheritance of the past...
A disquisition on our shared narratives...

Column 2
...which seeks to unravel the threads of visual discourse
...which delves into the connectedness of the real and the abstract
...which re-encodes ambiguity and authenticity
...which reveals the undercurrents of ritual

Column 3
...by creating a conversation between color and texture."
...by disjunctively animating it through a process of mimicry."
...by mediating clichés through a retro-nostalgic lens."
...by alluding to tropes of the built environment."
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby marcib » Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:54 pm

Here are some good , SERIOUS :) , articles about writing artists statements...

http://artemerging.com/how/state.htm

This one is especially well thought- out. Thank you to VInce Pitelka from the Appalachian Center for Crafts ( Tennessee Technological University ) for allowing me to link to this :
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http://iweb.tntech.edu/wpitelka/syllabi ... tement.htm. [/url]

Personally , I dislike artsy fartsy stuff and prefer to read just plain old heart felt explanations of what makes the artist tick ...
What do you think ? Have you had to write an artists' statement? What did you include as key points in yours?
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby eganj1 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:12 am

Hey Marci I ;roflmao: ;roflmao: ;roflmao: ;roflmao: at this :)
I had to write an artist's statement in a hurry for the current exhibition. i was totally ;overreact; until the museum curator put it more simply in an e-mail "tell us a bit about yourself and your work" that was sooooooo much easier to get my head around :)

Something I haven't yet worked out is how to name an abstract piece, my names were really boring like 'rock textures' and 'solar' but they sold so none was put off. i have some more which might just end up as 'untitled 1' and 2 etc
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby marcib » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:41 pm

eganj1 wrote:
Something I haven't yet worked out is how to name an abstract piece, my names were really boring like 'rock textures' and 'solar' but they sold so none was put off. i have some more which might just end up as 'untitled 1' and 2 etc


Sounds like somebody needs to invent a random abstract art title generator ;roflmao: ( Actually one of my favorite things like that is this Shakespearean insult generator...
You can call somebody names and sound posh doing it ;roflmao:
http://www.mainstrike.com/mstservices/handy/insult.html

I dont think the titles really matter all that much I think its more a way of saying ," I want to buy ' Nocturnal Prelude' " rather than :" Ill take the 2nd painting from the left" ... :)

All you really have to do is pick a good , non- committal title and then add numbers... " Noctural Prelude # 1" " Noctural Prelude # 2" " etc...and not only will you have found a handy way to name pieces but you also will have achieved that Holy Grail of the art world: the " series" .... ;roflmao:
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby Christine Bennetts » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:29 am

Sorry about the big type but Max is on my shoulder and watching the letters appear stops him jumping on the key board!
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I actually sell quite a lot of stuff, and like Marci can't be bothered with all the arty farty guff because in UK, people, (for the most part), have no time for a load of bullshit. :)

Anyone who knows me and has come back to my stand at my biggest show after 12 years - knows me well enough to expect - whatever my mood is at the moment. No ponsy names - just work with a price on it.

:artist: Sooooooooo.........

Artist's Statement: "I paint as a hobby on china, porcelain and glass. If you like it.....get your wallet out and I'll wrap it nicely......then ;car; I'm off down the M6 to Stoke to buy more "stuff". :thanks: "


I think this is about how comfortable you are as a person and how much you buy into the nerd category of needing to be "recognised as a PROPER artist".

I am not an artist. I am a decorator and don't give a toss about being recognised as anything other than being me.........so frankly as far as I am concerned; so long as what I do funds itself, and that I have a laugh en route, and manage to get others to have the confidence to have a go I suppose I don't "get" it.

In UK there are VERY few people who earn a living as an artist and they are so worried about what some hoorah Henry says that they suffer for it as a person. Get a life!

Bottom line.....if you produce work people want and actually enjoy the production process, AND manage to sell then who cares about all the faff? Life is too short. ;yes;


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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby minervacox » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:55 am

Christine..AMEN to what you write...I paint for my heart and soul (except a few commissions, donations and at the Holiday Season) sooooo if that makes me NOT an artist, so be it. I am just so thankful that other people like some of what I do (and are willing to pay for it) and my students seem to learn under my teaching. I don't know artsy fartsy theory/words to describe what/how it was conceived/what it means, etc., I usually just sit down with a few brushes, some turp, medium, my paints and a piece to paint on...and what pops out..pops out onto the porcelain/tile/china, whatever is at hand at the time. If I deem it pretty/beautiful/acceptable, whatever, I fire it, if not I wipe it off and start all over again. Again I state, If this makes me NOT an artist..so be it.
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby eganj1 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:22 pm

Hi Irene
good to see you posting on the forum. i totally agree that a china painter doesn't have to make their canvas.
Unlike yourself after 20+ years of china painting it no longer feels like fun to me, i'm totally bored with it at the moment, so i can either try making my own pieces or paint in another medium. I'm trying to get my enthusiasm back but if i'm honest I have gone full circle in my own personal tastes, I don't have much china on display any more, I'm back to liking studio ceramics and coarser textural clay pieces. I have some bone china so I'm going to start with that ,then I can paint on it if i choose to, but what i really want is some raku clay :) . Life is too short to stay in a rut, I thrive on doing new stuff, i'm not saying it's for everyone but i want to do some hand building.
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby Marion Baldwin » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:06 am

I'm in total agreement with both Christine and Irene. I've been china painting for 24 years and enjoyed a fantastic journey learning all the different techniques available for decorating china. I do it because I love it and I don't actually care if anyone likes it. I'm my own worst critic and extremely difficult to please, so if I actually complete a piece that I'm happy with, then it's been worth all the strife. The beauty about china painting for me is that you can take a simple line drawing and make it totally unique using your knowledge of techniques learnt during your journey. I agree that we work on a blank canvas, but our blank canvas is so much more than a piece of paper. We have an infinite variety of shapes to choose from, and coupled with this, a variety of techniques. It is these many facets that prevent china painting becoming boring. I love to take one simple design idea, then experiment by giving it different 'looks'. I find china painting extremely relaxing and can generally 'lose' myself for several hours at a time. Who cares if this is 'art'? I don't!
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby eganj1 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:06 am

I find it quite frustrating because we are limited to a few shapes that are funky, and when you do find an interesting piece to paint on so has everyone else. Obviously most china painters won't want to make their own pieces but I have been inspired by talking to Marci and ceramic artists at fairs and people like garry Jones so i have to give it a go and try making my own pieces. I suppose that first spark was lit from seeing the pieces Christine's ceramics students like the doll heads, they are certainly inspiring. i need to find out what i personally can do exploring clay as well as surface decoration (and everything else I like doing). I'm not saying everyone should do this, I have used the 'watercolour paper' argument myself in the past and i agree totally with that statement, but now it's just not enough for me any more. I've asked santa for a lump of mud and i can't wait to stuck in :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: ARTISTS STATEMENTS

Postby marcib » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:17 pm

HI marion ,

Its great to have you on the forum ...Everybody is enjoying your pieces immensely ...
I think we all are our own worst critics.. and I guess its good cos it keeps us moving forward.
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