Friday, January 9, 2009
My son Joe got me this totally fun book for Christmas called Art Criticism 101 (you too can be an art critic)
I used to go to museums and copy down 'Artist's statements' because I find them so entirely bulls**t-ish. Like ummmmm "My Art reflects the natural environment in an industrial world, showing the depth of humanity and it's place in the universe" kind of Artistic statements. You can find them everywhere and they are so ambiguous, and so 'not' a real idea. It's something someone writes because they 'have' too and the statement is something the 'deeper' it sounds, the better. But I think artists don't really think that way. We just create because we must. We live and breathe creative works and thoughts and can't get through life without making 'stuff'. Art reflects our inner thoughts and brain. Is it screaming pictures? Maybe you aren't screaming, but you find it amusing or fascinating, the look and the sound. ok now I am probably not making sense, but see, I don't have to make sense. I can just write an artistic statement!
So these art criticisms rather follow the same line of thinking. If you memorize one and use it once, then memorize another--people will think you know what you're talking about. And according to this book, if someone asks you to tell them more, you just remain 'cryptic' .
so let's try it. Look at the pictured beads above, and here is my criticism. ;-) coolness......
The sensuous play of surface overflows the eye with such force that the viewer cannot be detached from the surface.