Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Actually the "artist statement" is the "description of materials and techniques" and the little devils are a giant pain, but they're becoming more and more critical. An artist statement is a different beast altogether and seldom asked for. Larry Berman has suggested that three versions should be written and saved; with the three as 100, 200, and 300 character statements.
The one hundred character statement is probably the hardest, and is more like a mini-tweet ;-) The suggestion was made over on one of the booth shot forum posts that a new thread be started where we could share some examples. I'll start off with mine below, and if someone feels there's a better way to say it, speak right up.
Hopefully we can get a dialog going like we have for the booth shots for newbies post.
Well, the opening lines start off with "Actually the "artist statement" is the "description of materials and techniques", so the thread is in agreement with what you're saying. Most people are referring to the description of materials as the artist statement, incorrect or not. The 200 and 300 character statements give just a little more room to expand the explanation what we're doing with our work. The problem is that the 100 character statement is the default length offered by ZAPP.
The 100 characters requires some serious work to get something beyond a flavorless and generic remark. Which is the point of this thread ;-) Your statement is a pretty good one that is concise and descriptive, giving the style of work for the technique, media used, and the materials.
No. I don't see how this thread agrees with what I'm saying. I think it's important to make a distinction between the two since each communicates very different information. The misleading headline of this thread says Artist Statement, not Description of Materials & Techniques, and then the thread is about the latter of the two. Your first sentence of your initial post here ties the two together as if they are one-in-the-same. They're not.
A newcomer to art needs to know the difference. If pros don't know the difference, they're not as pro as they could be.
my belief is that an Artist Statement is about our beliefs and motivation about what we do and why we so passionately do it.
A Description of Materials and Techniques describes what we use and how we use it to achieve the work we are create
This is a really helpful discussion with good information. Thank you.
I'd say that in the art fair business the "artist statement" is a description of materials and techniques. Applying for a grant or putting up something at a gallery exhibition it is actually a statement of ideas and who you are, more of a resume. But in THIS business I'm telling you the jurors don't want to hear "inspired by nature," organic themes, etc. Because they are seeing all of these bodies of work you need to stand out with specific words that described what the work is, your perspective that includes materials and does not sound just like the next statement.
On the photography side, I don't think the judges care a lick about the camera used, but are interested in processing methods: "wet darkroom", "archivally processed", etc. Could be though that I only focus on this as we did photography. I'm sure there are iconic words that raise the level of understanding for other categories. One I always think counts for jewelry, e.g., is "hand fabricated" and definitely "lapidary."
Hand fabricated is a given. You don't have to waste 15 characters saying it.
And never use words or abbreviations the average person (not in your medium) wouldn't know what it means, because not every medium is represented on every jury.
I guess I am thinking about not the Top Ten shows for descriptions! Hand-fabricated always means to me, something special, not bead stringing.
I still puzzle over "cone 15" ???
I think cone numbers refer to heat.
It's like a painter telling what size brushes they use.
Good comparison. I know it refers to heat -- but what if I said "cone 225?" would you know if that was outrageous or impressive?
The higher the cone/greater firing temp, the more durable the pot. But the higher the cone, the more difficult it is to get nice colors in your glaze. The highest cone I've ever heard of is 10, but I'm not a potter.