7/14/08

Artists Review Artists

J.T. Kirkland at Thinking About Art posted the review that Aric Calfee wrote about my work. You can see it here. I really was impressed by his thoughts on the piece. I'm not so sure I could have come up with something nearly as interesting or well thought out. In fact, if I had to review that piece I have to wonder if it would have been favorable (even though I really love this particular piece). It is that out of context thing, when I try to imagine what I might think about it ~ having no clue that the artist (me) was making 100 clocks on RR Fish Tie Plates and using all found objects. At any rate, it was a good experience and I'm glad I mustered up the courage to do it.

7 comments:

Ellen said...

I love this clock and after reading about the title, it makes it even more engaging.

I've been curious lately that when art is reviewed regarding symbolism and meaning that a good reviewer often sees something the artist subconsciously put in. I used to think projecting too much into a piece was b.s, but when I sold a semi-abstract painting of mine several years ago that was already 10 yrs old, the buyer wanted a lengthy explanation of all it's meaning. 10 years looking back I realized everything I put in that painting was representative of my life at the time, but when I painted it, I just thought it would be an interesting painting to paint. It kind of freaked me out a bit, I felt more exposed than I wanted to. Art is such a personal thing both for the artist and the viewer. (and now I'll stop babbling...)

Daphne said...

Based on what Ellen just said (comment is above) I'll really have to start looking at my work more from an outside perspective to see if there is something more there...

It was a good review and it really did take a lot of guts to put yourself out there. More than I'm ready to do, so I really think that you should be proud of yourself.

self taught artist said...

know what i'm finding...as more reviews are posted and i'm reading them, i just get hit with the sterility of most of it. talking about technique or breaking it down as to what they perceive was done. is that what they see??? do they not feel touched and have some vision/story/dialogue begin that sparks their own imagination?

Daphne said...

Paula have you seen the PBS series called Art:21, art in the 21st century?

While it isn't a review of artists work I found it really got to the center of the artist. It is an inspiring and revealing series...

(I leave for the camping trip in a few hours if you wonder why I'm here...)

By the way are the reviews by other artists???? You would think that it would go further than the nuts and bolts of it all if that were the case.

self taught artist said...

yep, i've even posted about ART 21 shows before
they bug me for the most part, not the visual stuff, the commentary/dialog stuff.
maybe its too base to just say you like something or you dont and why.
maybe everyone just wants to sound educated. who knows.

Bob Johnson said...

Cool review Paula. It is always interesting, peoples take on your work , I guess that why they call it art and not science.:)

Andreas Torverud said...

I want that clock!

/ALS