Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Artist Statements

I have to thank fellow artist Kathleen Krucoff for the laugh I had this morning by going to the link she posted on Facebook. With the Market-O-Matic 1.0 (fine arts version) one can simply use the drop down boxes, click the "crank out the crap" button and out comes a ridiculously pretentious artist statement. I read one of these this past week by an artist whose work I liked, but the cryptic statement did little to help me engage the art. I came away confused, not compelled to engage the paintings. I wished I had not read it.

Those of you who are artist know the pain of writing an artist statement. Those of you who are not artists know the pain of reading those statements. So, here is mine:

"Work of Sub-Art in the Age of Generative Reproduction

The mind creates, the body profligates. In the synoptic hallucination, art objects are resurrections of the creations of the mind -- a mind that uses the body as an organism to materialize ideas, patterns, and emotions. With the evolution of the electronic environment, the mind is conceiving a point where it will be free from the body to transcend immersions into the parameters of the delphic hallucination. Work of Sub-Art in the Age of Generative Reproduction contains 10 minimal "flash engines" (also refered to as "memes") that enable the user to make victorious visual compositions.

measuring chains, constructing realities
putting into place forms
a matrix of illusion and disillusion
a strange attracting force
so that a seduced reality will be able to spontaneously feed on it

Tracey Clarke's work investigates the nuances of modulations through the use of slow motion and close-ups which emphasize the Generative nature of digital media. Clarke explores abstract and heavy scenery as motifs to describe the idea of imaginary hallucination. Using powerful loops, non-linear narratives, and interactive images as patterns, Clarke creates meditative environments which suggest the expansion of space...



Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Tracey!!!

Hey, thanks for the shout back on this. I truly was laughing hysterically at the one I generated for myself last night and then Dan did one that was completely absurd.

So glad you enjoyed it and I'm happy you shared your generated one with all of us too.

BTW, congrats on all the wonderful successes you've had with your exhibits. I am so very happy for you. I love it when good things happen to good people.

Cheers! Kathleen

Dean Grey said...

That is a mouthful, Tracey!


r garriott said...

Positively grant-worthy! I'll be quite tempted to use this statement generator next time I need one! (I think one our local art critics has been cribbing from this, too.) Thanks for the laugh.