Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5   Go Down

Author Topic: Artist Statement  (Read 32546 times)

Isaac

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3128
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #60 on: April 23, 2012, 02:43:30 PM »

And there I was, thinking an AS is a statement of intent and not a judgement on what has gone before!
I imagine that people understand quite different things by the phrase artist statement - and some of them (not thinking of anyone in particular) will be happy to spend their time bickering until they can declare their understanding to be the one true definition. I can't be arsed ;-)

The following seems clear enough to be useful --

"When you present your work it is most likely you will be asked to accompany it with some sort of contextualizing statement. ... Sometimes this statement is referred to as a Statement of Intention. That is extremely problematic terminology as it implies that it is necessary to make the case that what you have done is exactly what you intended to do. Seldom does this occur, and when and if it does it can be more a liability than a success. ... a Statement of Intention is forward looking while an Artist Statement is a self-evaluation of your work as it stands in the here and now."

page 51 STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY: A Survival Guide

« Last Edit: April 23, 2012, 06:30:46 PM by Isaac »
Logged

Isaac

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3128
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #61 on: April 23, 2012, 02:57:45 PM »

I want to be able to differentiate my various work.
You could treat them as completely separate activities and create separate sets of marketing material, targeting different audiences.
Logged

mediumcool

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 712
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #62 on: April 23, 2012, 06:02:35 PM »

It ain't nece - ain't nece, Ain't nece - ain't nece, Ain't necessarily ... so !

As "a self-evaluation of your work as it stands in the here and now" an artist statement can be a private assessment by someone who photographs for pleasure not profit.



uh-huh
Logged
FaceBook facebook.com/ian.goss.39   www.mlkshk.com/user/mediumcool

mediumcool

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 712
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #63 on: April 23, 2012, 06:07:08 PM »

revenue promotion

Pray tell, KLaban, what is the purpose of promotion?

And perhaps you may wish toponder meaning of the adjective ultimate; adjectives modify the meaning of nouns, as you well know.
Logged
FaceBook facebook.com/ian.goss.39   www.mlkshk.com/user/mediumcool

KLaban

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2189
    • Website
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #64 on: April 24, 2012, 03:14:25 AM »

Pray tell, KLaban, what is the purpose of promotion?

And perhaps you may wish toponder meaning of the adjective ultimate; adjectives modify the meaning of nouns, as you well know.

uh-huh
Logged

mediumcool

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 712
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #65 on: April 24, 2012, 04:46:08 AM »

uh-huh

Original, not.

Please try harder.
Logged
FaceBook facebook.com/ian.goss.39   www.mlkshk.com/user/mediumcool

Isaac

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3128
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #66 on: April 24, 2012, 01:29:42 PM »

Original, not.

Please try harder.
Yes, that may indeed have been what KLaban wished to express about your disdain.
Logged

Rob C

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 13733
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #67 on: April 24, 2012, 02:18:16 PM »

Heysoos, what is it with people on the Internet?

Rob C

KLaban

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2189
    • Website
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #68 on: April 24, 2012, 02:49:21 PM »

Heysoos, what is it with people on the Internet?

Fuckwits, the lot of 'em.

 ;D
Logged

Eric Myrvaagnes

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 10583
    • http://myrvaagnes.com
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #69 on: April 24, 2012, 04:45:31 PM »

Fuckwits, the lot of 'em.

 ;D
Now there's a concise Artist Statement!
Logged
-Eric Myrvaagnes

http://myrvaagnes.com  Visit my photo website. New images each season. Also visit my new website: http://ericneedsakidney.org

Colorado David

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1066
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #70 on: April 24, 2012, 06:54:19 PM »

I'm really sorry I started this thread. :'(

Isaac

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3128
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #71 on: April 24, 2012, 08:28:45 PM »

I'm really sorry I started this thread.
Take from it whatever you can, and let the dross float past.
Logged

Schewe

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5926
    • http:www.schewephoto.com
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #72 on: April 25, 2012, 01:32:41 AM »

I'm really sorry I started this thread. :'(

You shouldn't be...

The fact of the matter is that a post to a forum like this is like throwing seeds to the wind. You can't control the direction nor reach of the wind, you can only control your reaction to the following posts.

I do think that developing a relatively thick skin is de rigueur for fine art photography. If you are so sensitive that you run and hide at the least bit of controversy or conflict, I don't think you are going to enjoy doing what you think you want to do. Man up and grow one...(yes, I'm being intentionally crass).

But in the course of this thread you've some gotten useful and some not very useful feedback. What EXACTLY did you expect to happen (if what you expected didn't happen, I would question your expectations more than the rough and ready nature of the forums).

It's all grist for the mill...
Logged

KLaban

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2189
    • Website
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #73 on: April 25, 2012, 04:31:53 AM »

I'm really sorry I started this thread. :'(

Don't be, it's been a blast.
Logged

Colorado David

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1066
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #74 on: April 25, 2012, 06:47:12 AM »

You shouldn't be...



My post was humor after the couple of posts just preceding it.  That's what the little emoticon was supposed to convey.

Justan

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1928
    • Justan-Elk.com
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #75 on: April 25, 2012, 10:09:32 AM »

I read someplace that the idea for an Artist Statement started in the early 1950s. While I havenít done any research on the varsity of this, if true, the original idea behind the Artist Statement was probably tied to McCarthyism. For those who donít know, McCarthyism was named after the late and evil spirited US Senator Joseph McCarthy, who accused a vast number of people, particularly including artists, of being communists or communist sympathizers. Notable in his attacks was a complete lack of evidence to support the many accusations he made. At the following link is a short blurb on the topic of McCarthyism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

If true, this suggests that the Artists Statement was born as a way to proclaim that the artist was not, essentially, an enemy of the State.

From then, the AS has grown to become somewhat of a puff piece about the artist, typically serving the interest of marketing related goals.

No matter the real or perceived purpose, the real oddity is that some have come to have high expectations (and high anxiety) about their AS. In the end (imho) it is little other than an industry accepted marketing ploy.

Rob C

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 13733
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #76 on: April 25, 2012, 11:29:35 AM »

Out of a sense of shame, inverted vanity, high anxiety and various mental spectres too numerous to enumerate, I've re-jigged mine:

http://youtu.be/EXSmAcJqsGI


Rob C

Justan

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1928
    • Justan-Elk.com
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #77 on: April 25, 2012, 12:16:44 PM »

As long as weíre on the topic of, ahem, borrowed artist statements.....

Isaac

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3128
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #78 on: April 25, 2012, 12:36:24 PM »

My post was humor after the couple of posts just preceding it.  That's what the little emoticon was supposed to convey.
Don't give up the day job :-)
Logged

Colorado David

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1066
Re: Artist Statement
« Reply #79 on: April 25, 2012, 12:55:07 PM »

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5   Go Up