Writing an Artist Statement

hello everyone David Kessler here and

welcome back to the studio today I want

to talk to you about writing the artist

statement the artist statement is

something I know all artists hate to put

together anything oh my gosh why the

world you have to paint to put together

this artist statement well you know most

of them are full of BS and artsy fartsy

words and you know academic art school

crap but they can be very helpful to

provide them you know at the beginning

of a show if you're having a solo

exhibit for instance you'll want to have

a artists statement that describes the

work that you're doing in the show very

very helpful it helped to clarify your

thoughts and helps the viewer to

understand why you created the series of

work that you did for the show so it's

very helpful in helping others to

understand what you're doing the other

thing is it may be helpful to having

your gallery they may ask you for one so

that it will help potential collectors

to understand the direction of your work

really that's what the artist statement

is it's you're telling people what you

do are your approach to your work and

essentially how you do it or your

philosophy and your approach to your


it will change depending on the series

of work that you're doing the kinds of

work that you're doing or the current

direction of your work right so it helps

to describe all those things now here's

you know most aren't statements I mean

they're horrible horrible here's a good

example when I recently came across em

are you ready for this his paintings

installations videos and resurfaced

objects address the philosophical links

between intention and consequence

presence and absence and emptiness and


sure they do see that's art school

right there nobody wants to

read that it doesn't mean anything right

it doesn't mean anything that's not

going to be helpful for anybody trying

to relate to your artwork that's gonna

isolate people because they're gonna

think you're snooty and that's your you

know full of yourself which that is

clearly that person is full themself all

right so so make it clearer

make it simple no you know I have a

couple of different ones that I have

laying around that I printed out one is

kind of my old standby these are both

two paragraphs right so it's not like

you're writing an essay you know this is

my kind of standard for the through the

direction of my most of my work this is

one I did for a solo show a couple years

ago right and I can I can link to these

you know in the in the description below

but it's pretty easy pretty easy to

write these you know basically you're

just describing what it is that you do

and how you go about doing it and you

can even break it up into two paragraphs

here's what you do

paragraph one paragraph two here's how I

do it simple as that right it doesn't

have to be long they don't have to be

long they should be very short short

concise clear and to the point so that

people can read that when it's next to a

lot of your paintings hanging on the

wanna show they can read that and it

clarifies in their mind then they start

to look at the work that I said oh yeah

now I begin to understand what it is

that he's trying to do and how he he or

she goes about doing it that's really

all it is don't make it more complicated

than it is

don't put art school BS words in there

that nobody understands or cares about

make sure it's that there's something

tangible in there that people can look

at it read it and say oh yeah understand

that when I'm looking at your work very

simple don't complicate it write it in

the first person

right because you it's you talking about

your work all right I hope this was

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