Shot shortly before MeToo went mainstream in Octoberthe works resonate poignantly within this debate, re-focusing questions that are central to the movement. Copley from the collection Frieder Burda. Both artists oppose the discrimination of sex workers, but from two different points of views:
Share via Email The signature of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, who would need to think about audience, sentence structure and adverbial phrases if writing his statement today. My work, which traverses disparate realms of object-making such as painting and performance, investigates the space between metabolism and metaphysics and the aporia inherent to such a discourse.
These forms of writing are scattered across the contemporary art world. You can find preposterously complex, jargon-laden artist statements on the websites of galleries and pop-up project spaces all over the English-speaking world.
I regularly visit such exhibition spaces in London and beyond, and read — with total, dulling indifference — the often pompous ramblings of what Alix Rule and David Levine call International Art English.
This is a dialect of the privileged; the elite university educated. This kind of rhetoric relies on everyone participating without question. To speak up would mean dissolving the space between inside and outside: The funny thing is, the chat you actually hear at a gallery opening rarely uses this language.
You are much more likely to hear someone say "his work has really developed since the last show" or "I really like the way that length of rope dipped into avocado green acrylic paint casts a shadow on the wall above that piece".
What is the alternative to artspeak? I want to suggest some simple things to consider when writing an artist statement. Where does this artspeak come from? In the s, an increasing quantity of French philosophy was being translated into English, and a number of American and English universities incorporated this material into their research, reading lists and bibliographies.
What came to be referred to as poststructuralism overtook the more formal, modernist forms of art theory and criticism that scholars such as Clement Greenberg had been writing.
As a result, a way of writing about art emerged which read the way French philosophy translated into English does. Who are you really writing for? You must consider the remit of these different places. Some intend to encourage visual literacy, accessibility and open interpretations of artistic meaning, and some want cutting-edge conceptual performance art and the lingo to go with it.
Which words do you use? Words like ontology, epistemology and metaphysics have a meaning and a long and complicated history within philosophy. Likewise, prefixes such as meta- post- and hyper- all mean something or other. But are they really necessary in your artist statement?
Be modest about what you are trying to achieve: It is okay to use adjectives that are less common in everyday conversation. Mellifluous is a good adjective and it means flowing, which is how your artist statement should read. A thesaurus is your friend.
As Evelyn Waugh once said: Keep your sentences short and learn how to punctuate them. Think carefully about adverbial phrases such as "radically questioned". Questioning something already implies a sense of curiosity and intellectual confidence, so why describe it as radical?
The vocabulary of artspeak is not without meaning, but it has a specific place. Academia is only one part of the art world. My dislike is not for the language of artspeak, more the effect it has on the art industry in its ability to engage with a wider audience.
Not to mention what such language does to the reputation of writing in the arts, as well as the wider practice of writing itself.Probably not and neither should the artist when composing and writing their artist statement.
Here are some tips and ideas for all artists to think about when composing a new statement or revising their current artist statement. Gallery News for Candice Breitz Candice Breitz's "TLDR" and "Sweat" on view in Germany. Candice Breitz: Sex Work at the Museum Frieder Burda in Berlin presents the artist’s TLDR and Sweat, video works which address the rampant gender-based violence faced by sex workers (21 September – 5 January).
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Bear in mind that Shane Legg, co-founder and chief scientist of Deep Mind, said publicly a few years ago that there’s a 50% probability that we will achieve human level AI by and a 90% probability by writing an artist’s statement. It is an incredibly difficult task to describe your own work without sounding arrogant or self-absorbed.
It is an incredibly difficult task to describe your own work without sounding arrogant or self-absorbed. Art and Artist’s Statements – Quotes by Famous Artists September 13, by Renee Phillips 7 Comments If you’re like most artists I know, the task of writing your Artist’s Statement feels like torture.