Friday, July 11, 2014

Humorous Takes on the Artist's Statement

My statement for the Spirit Books is pretty well set. Since I've been making them for such a long time, I've been able to hone it over years. I'm doing a lot of other writing about myself and my work to get ready to promote the new book and trying to strike a balance between the restraint with which I like to present myself and language that is more persuasive. These two humorous videos have been providing me with comic relief in this sometimes trivial-seeming but also serious business.

from J├Ârg Colberg


from Charlotte Young


6 comments:

Anastasia Weigle said...

Too too funny! Thank you for sharing. I thought I was the only one that struggled it the artist statement!

Velma Bolyard said...

oh, yeah, i've done the real talk one and the bullshit talk one, and i didn't like either. if you work it out, susan, why don't you open a side business writing them for the rest of us?!!

Cathryn Miller said...

I haven't laughed so hard in ages! For years I have been defending the use of -real- English when discussing art.

I have found funny examples of the -art speak- garbage before. http://www.artybollocks.com/

Always a fan of anything that mocks that particular establishment.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Thanks for sharing these videos. It's nice to know I am not the only one who can "translate" artist statements - what a hoot!

Alice Simpson said...

Good to,laugh in the morning!
Artist Statements are absolutely ridiculous!
A necessary evil.

Sara Egan said...

love love these! hilarious! and, totally captures the ridiculous and pretentious aspects of composing a statement.

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