Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My Artist's Statement.

















Not long ago I was asked to provide my artist's statement for a group exhibition. I thought and thought and agonized a bit and then agonized some more and finally wrote two short paragraphs in simple English to describe what it was that I was after. And was then inspired to write a short poem to add to my statement. So after all this effort and agony I was rather taken aback when at the opening my work was displayed without my artist's statement whereas none of the other artists' statements were missing.  Hmmmmmm ....

I really do want to believe the curator when she explained that mine went missing by accident .  But in my weaker moments I do wonder about it .... I tend to avoid words and phrases like narrative, multiple layers of meaning, deconstruction of the opacity of politics, emergent transformative oeuvre, feminist discourse and so forth.  My (missing) artist's statement certainly did not sound as academic as most of the others on display. Or maybe it was the poem? I guess one is not supposed to write a poem as part of one's statement. But hey! My poem did not rhyme - that should count for something!!

Next time I am going to use this to write my artist's statement.


3 comments:

Linda Sue said...

bollocks, I printed out my statement and it sounds perfectly bollocky, as it ought! When Erik was in art school the first two years were filled with bollocks and bad art...he bailed and went into animation because of the idiocy and contrivance BS. He just could not stand any more. I rarely read statements nor titles, both seem to ruin my experience with the art. So, glad they "lost" you statement!
I am going to use my bollocky statement, always, on everything forever, it makes no sense at all, third try got it right. Totally stupid!

Anairam said...

Linda Sue, I am VERY tempted to use one of the statements from the artybollocks site for my next submission, hehehe. Did you print out your certificate from the site? Yay, I am now a licensed art practitioner as well! Oh, and good for Eric to have seen through the BS. As in love as I am with contemporary art practice, the LAST thing I would want to do is go to art school and get a Fine Arts degree. I will be RUINED!!!

Eileen B said...

Maybe you just misspelled weltanschauung. (he,he) Yes, next time use the artybollocks statement. SO much Emperor's New Clothes.