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Old 21-01-2009, 19:31   #1 (permalink)
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Question "Artist Statement"

I'm a member of a local internet-based photographers group, and we've been invited to submit some works for display in a local gallery - problem being if I ever manage to pick some shots which I think are good enough I also need an "artist statement about their works"! Eeek!

Having never done anything like this before I don't know where to start, do I write a little about myself? Do I do a short summary of each piece I submit? How far is too far in what I'm writing bearing in mind I'm not actually able to visit the gallery?

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Old 21-01-2009, 19:52   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think it matters too much. As long as it's incomprehensible artistic gobbledygook everyone will be impressed. (Well, it works for Damien Hirst.)

I guess you could say a few words about your background, what inspires your photography, or the story behind some of the photos, as long as you include the words 'hegemonic', 'paradigm' and 'esoteric'.

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Old 21-01-2009, 19:56   #3 (permalink)
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I can say those words, but they mean nothing to me! dictionary.com here I come!

ETA: Why not just say "leadership", "pattern" and "secret"?!
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It would have helped if I could spell 'esoteric', so I've edited it.

People know what 'leadership', 'pattern' and 'secret' mean. That won't do at all. You need something more existential and foucauldian.
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People know what 'leadership', 'pattern' and 'secret' mean. That won't do at all. You need something more existential and foucauldian.

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It helps if you say something outrageous that people can't refure because that would make them philistines.
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Click on the link below and you will find a wealth of information on how to write an "Artists Statement". I hope that this helps...

How to Write an Artist Statement
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Also, here is a sample "Artists Statement" that I wrote:
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