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I take an artist statement seriously and hope that it can explain some of the individuals work. I try and lead my students out of statements that are bloated and irrelevant to their work. I also try to get my students to make work that does expand on our history of the media. Here is a link to what I give them as a guide to get started. 

 

http://formalconcernsandcontent.blogspot.com/2009/01/basics-on-writing-artists-statement.html

 

I also find the critique of the monkey farter to be much funnier than what was posted above. 

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Tyler Miller    331

I forget who said it, or exactly how it was phrased, but this has stuck with me for years:

 

"The greatest damage an artist can do to his or her work is to talk about it."

 

 

Hilarious video.  :)

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Benzine    610

Clever. 

 

The idea that the student made sculptural pieces, because they couldn't center reminds me a bit of my students.

 

Whenever something on the wheel comes out poorly, they "Like it that way".  "I meant for it to have the twist, the fold, the wavy top."

 

I simply tell them, yes, you can do things like that on two conditions; one, you have to prove to me, you can create symmetrical pieces with an even thickness, and two, it has to be intentional. 

 

Also Stephen, that video is just fantastic!

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Chris Campbell    1,088

Artist's statement pet peeve ... You love a piece of work and move closer to read the artists statement and get blasted by someone who pulled out the 'three syllables and above' thesaurus and used it unwisely and too often.

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Chilly    330

Why use a short word when a diminutive expression will do? 

 

I had that stuck across the top of my computer screen all the time I was writing courseware.  KISS.  Keep it simple stup...........

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