Artist Statements

Filed under: Marketing; Author: mas; Posted: October 11, 2006 at 9:27 pm;

The only thing worse than pricing work is writing artist statements. It seems to be in vogue to tell all about the spiritual aspects of making art, taking pictures, interacting with your subject. On one hand, I think that kind of explanation is best left to the critics, but on the other hand, collectors seem to want to know what the artist is thinking. Maybe it’s a small price to pay to encourage collectors to make it possible for us to make art.

I’ve been trying to write a new statement. One artist suggested that a good statement should be honed down to one sentence, although hardly anybody has ever done it. (Anybody know of artists who have managed this?)

I’ve been writing down ideas, and the only conclusion I’ve come to is that each body of work demands a different statement. Here are a few ideas I’ve jotted down

1. I try to capture a certain ethos. I want the viewer to share my own emotional reaction to an image.

2.I try to capture a grabbing facial expression and/or body language.

3. I’m fascinated with chiaroscuro.

4.I use photography as part of the discovery process by examining the new and exotic and seeing the mundaine in a new way.

I’m having fun with this process, but I’m trying not to let the words intrude.

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