Posts tagged with Artists statements

Artist’s statement

If you ever get the urge to create an artist’s statement, here’s the perfect starting point – the Arty Bollocks Generator. Now let’s see, I think this provides an insight into my creative process:

My work explores the relationship between the . . .

From the “ooh” school of artists’ statements

Keith Cooper seems sceptical about artists’ statements:

I can remember reading someone’s essay that referenced one of my photos, and wondering if it was actually myself who had taken it. The burnt tree below, seemingly encompasses the eternal interplay . . .

Keep it bsimple

bsimple‘s miminalist web site contains some wonderfully-imaginative “conceptual” photography. It only says that “all images on this website are assembled & printed in a traditional darkroom” and seems to belong to Misha Gordin, a US-based Latvian, . . .

Rebekka Gudleifsdottir

Rebekka Gudleifsdottir is further proof that while Icelanders are few in number there’s an awful lot of creativity bubbling away on that small island:

All photographs are taken by myself (also the ones with me in them) and all post-processing is . . .

A life transcended….

I’ve received a few nice words – and cheeky wind-ups – about my artists’ statements hall of fame, so if you’re thinking of writing one yourself, here’s another great example:

My fervent wish is to collect the light of the world . . .

Tao, Chi, Eek

Andy Ilachinski’s site is rather cluttered and could do with the clean approach he applies to his lovely minimalist images. They’re grouped under “Entropic Melodies – Life in lifelessness” and “Timelessness Impermanence – Transient realities”, and there’s an artist’s statement . . .

You are perusing the photographic works of…

Eric Fredine has some fine minimalist photos of the Canadian prairies, his home area. But:

The formal structure of my photographs is overt. A reflection of an ordered, somewhat austere and even minimalist aesthetic. But its [sic] also a source of . . .

Innerness

I think it’s time for another batch of artists statements….

Gary Treadwell‘s site contains some lovely b&w pictures – look for the small and rather faint navigation buttons. But:

I am interested in exploring the ‘innerness’ of things, their presence and existance . . .

Almost blue

Not yet read this PDF file The Art of Proofing by John Paul Caponigro, but it looks interesting. I always prefer his photographs to his Latin-soaked writing (see his mission statement), and his site probably has plenty of interesting new . . .

Purple haze

Googling “artists statement photography transcend” produced this (warning 1990s-era web design):

Michael was born with a spiritual energy called Kundalini. All religions ultimately work with the same underlying spiritual energy. Kundalini is concerned with spiritual energy that transcends religious divides. Spiritual . . .

Mantra

Googling “artist’s statement photography mantra” found this:

I create because I must. To exist without producing, without leaving a mark of some significance somewhere – whether mysterious, monumental, magnanimous or merely modest – would be a life unlived. . . .

Far too direct

Another artist’s statement, and some amusing blog entries too:

Vigorously avoiding pretentious sentences beginning with subordinate clauses, all the while eschewing obfuscation, J.E. Simmons presents his Artist’s Statement thusly: The world’s a bomb. Here are some interesting little bits of it. . . .

Star Trek?

Another artist’s statement:

Photography gives me the experience of feeling close to the source. It is in discovering and creating images that make possible a deeper connection with the power, poetry and divinity found in nature. Although there may be many . . .

Sod house to fine art

Another artist’s statement, this one’s great:

Roger Moore was born in a sod house in the Texas Panhandle where nothing separated him from the North Pole but a barbed wire fence. At age five, he was stolen by gypsies and . . .

Wanderlust?

An artist’s statement:

I’ve always been fascinated by maps. Their blankness charts place but not time, leaving room to imagine weather, the smell of the air, the color of the sky. As a kid, I would trace the colored lines from . . .

Prosaic

An artist’s statement:

Once printed, I then personally mount each print on foam-core or other high-quality backing board, double mat with acid-free matting, and hand sign every piece that I display to insure its quality.

Now that’s not how it’s supposed to . . .

Trancendental release

An artist’s statement:

I believe a successful artist never “captures” a moment but actually “releases” it to others. With my photography, (both black & white and Polaroid) I strive to transcend the documentary nature of the format by the sheer force . . .

It found me

An artist’s statement:

I’m often asked, “Where did you get that idea?” I reply, “Where do ideas come from?” But I secretly wonder if I should ask, “How did that image find me?”

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Influence is . . .

Intelligent design

An artist’s statement:

“Early in my life I turned to the motherhood of nature for my personal and spiritual growth. This relationship with the natural world has by my lifeblood. I am drawn to places of mystery where I feel at . . .

Mission statements of the absurd

You could say I’m a bit slow spotting this, but back in 1998, Afterimage Gallery’s owner made some recommendations for photographers’ websites that still hold true:

Pompous artist’s statements: Get rid of those long, rambling poorly written statements that take you . . .