Archive for April, 2011

The Artist Statement

From Bmore Art Blog:

A good artist statement should enhance what a viewer sees in your work and provide a concise handle to approach a visual piece. It should be accurate, well-written, and correctly punctuated. It also should be specific to your work and offer unique insight into your process (unlike the general and non-specific statements to the left).

The essentials of the artist statement:

1. An explanation of the materials and media – What tools do you use? Be as specific as you can.
2. An explanation of the subject matter and concepts explored – What are you communicating? Again, be specific – What sets your work apart from other work?
3. How these two aspects reinforce or contradict one another – What does your work DO?

Additional, optional aspects:
4. A short and specific personal narrative – no longer than 2 sentences
5. Historical context – explaining one or two influences on the work and placing it into an art historical continuum
6. NOTHING ELSE – save your feelings for your diary

Link to Full Post  (Required reading for AP Photo Students,  recommended for everyone else)

Yarn Pothole Art in Paris

With colorful strips of yarn Juliana Santacruz Herrera decided to decorate Paris’ potholes. Randomly placed in cracks and breaks it creates a fun and colorful change in the landscape contrasting with the decrepit cement.

Link

Shining Strobe Lights on the City’s Dark Corners

Some people visit New York City and photograph the typical tourist spots in gleaming Manhattan. Not Mr. Nuez, who has spent the past two decades traveling to American cities to shoot their bad sides. An art photographer, he presents urban ruins in a stylized way — a desolate alley, a neglected lot or a plundered, abandoned building interpreted almost to spoof the idea of urban ruin.

Link to Article & Images

Pakistan spiders flee floods in web-covered trees

With more than a fifth of the country submerged, millions of spiders climbed into trees to escape the rising floodwater. As the water has taken so long to recede, the trees quickly became covered in a coocoon of spiderwebs. The result is an eerie, alien panorama, with any vegetation covered in a thick mass of webbing.

Link to Wired Article with Images

Arctic Wonderland

Sarah Anne Johnson created her series “Arctic Wonderland” after an artist’s residency on board a double-masted schooner in the Norwegian territory of the Arctic Circle, sailing from untouched landscapes to abandoned mining camps. “It seemed so pristine and perfect, vast and strong, but also somehow delicate and fleeting,” she says. “After such an experience, one can’t help speculating about the impact we have on this planet.” Upon her return, Johnson went to work on the photographs she’d taken with a full visual arsenal: paint, Photoshop, embossing, printmaking. “I do this to create a more honest image,” she says. “To show not just what I saw, but how I feel about what I saw.”