Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tools: The Artist's Statement

The dreaded, much-maligned, often ridiculed artist's statement. Of all the issues in the art world, this one gets the most attention in proportion to what is required. So many creatives that have dealt with impossibly difficult and innovative concepts, complex issues of craft, funding, etc. seem to fold before it.

There's nothing to fear about an artist's statement. It's part and parcel of being an artist, and required for exhibiting, being considered by a gallery, issuing a press release, contacts, etc. It's just a succint written statement about your art that will help it to be seen, become accessible and available for purchase, not some kind of dark magic that will fence it in and nullify it.

Most of all, it is an opportunity to reach out to others who may be too physically distant or unavailable for a meeting, viewing your exhibit and more. An opportunity and a good thing. Like so many things in life, it morphs depending on how you look at it, and a positive outlook makes all the difference in the world. Besides, it's good practice, because as an artist, you will have to speak about your art and be prepared to respond to questions about it. No, I do not mean explain your art in a deadpan literal, abecedarian maner downshifted to the lowest common denominator, but to speak about it, on your own terms and fluently. Writing your artist's statement prepares you for this.

--- Luis

Simple sample statements: [Link]

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