Saturday, June 25, 2011

Artist Statement

What's with the surge in making fun of artist statements? Artist Charlotte Young has produced an "artist's statement" video with handy subtitles intended to poke holes into this literary form.

Whereas I recognize that scholarship in any field contains field-specific language that is often challenging for lay readers, when artists assume a highly pedantic style, I fear that it makes the reader feel unintelligent and that works against the artist and all artists. I am an advocate of comprehensible and compelling language.

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