May
31
2011

Are you SURE you want a critique? by M Theresa Brown

Critiques. If you are an artist, you cannot escape the universal  useage nor  overexposure of the word, "Critique."  It is used randomly about the art world to the point where you either embrace the concept or reject it entirely.  In art,  Critiques are used in grade school, in art lessons,  art lecturers and schools of every calibre. But without a doubt it has gained widespread usage on the Internet message boards! But is a critique really what all these artists are asking for?

A decription of the word: "Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense. But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon....."

Ouch. But let's truly analyze what a Critique is supposed to do and I cannot say it any better than a friend of mine did when asked about a Critique on a message board recently:

"Ah, critiques...
critiques do two things--

1. Establishes that the work has come to the point where the artist's abilities have reached their limit with that particular vision,
(or they've run out of time as in a classroom environment or commission, e.g.)
and

2. The people who are critiquing have two issues--
          

     a. They are not all trained in the language of design and communication to reach clarity with the artist about what needs to be done and WHY,and because of that
           

     b. they then bring into the discussion their own personal tastes and responses to the work, which may alter the directional vision of the artist, or worse, totally obscure the need for any design changes that would improve the work. (All the "attaboys" without content.)

Sometimes critiques can be harsh if the person posting does it to receive positive response.  Many early learners face this reality when their design and drawing knowledge come to the fire and someone points out a design issue that needs correcting (in their opinion).

I don't offer critiques much any more, unless it is one-on-one where I can be certain the person hearing my words understands the reasons for my saying them."Elin P.

My friend's definition was so well put that there was no way to improve upon anything that she said!

So we go back to what the requester of a Critique is REALLY asking!  And this is where you must be critically honest with yourself!  Do you want a critique (possibly at the hands of someone you should NOT be taking advice from) or a pat on the back?

We  never outgrow the need (and fun) of Show and Tell.  That is good!

But whereas a real critique in a controlled environment by persons whose advice you respect can be invaluable to you as an artist, more than likely what you are going to get is someone's personal opinion.  And that will happen 99% of the time you open up your work and abilities to a mass critique or an art group.  Be careful what you wish for!

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May
23
2011

Local Raleigh Artists Unite to Help Fellow Artist and Friend!

Raleigh, NC (May 18, 2011)//For nine  months in 2009 Raleigh documentary film director Robert King and his wife, Lisa created a film that followed the unique art-collaboration between three local artists: Georges Le Chevallier, Sean Kernick and Paul Friedrich. The result of this process is the film “3 the Hard Way”. Now, two years later Robert King has been diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. These artists are uniting once again, this time to support their friend by raising money from a one-time special screening of the film “3 the Hard Way”. All proceeds from this screening will help with medical costs and finding a cure for King.

King was diagnosed with a glioma brain tumor on January 10, 2004.  The spot on his brain had been growing since 2001. He received brain surgery in 2004, and 100% of the tumor was removed.   Recently, between May 2010 and January 2011 the tumor returned and is now a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. King went through chemotherapy and radiation and it has not shrunk the tumor. Money is being raised to search for Roberts cure.
 
3 The Hard Way is Kings’ documentary of the artistic collaboration of Kernick, a graffiti artist from the streets of Philly, Friedrick, a cartoonist born and bred in the South, and Le Chevallier, French Puerto Rican mixed media/collage painter. King followed the three artists as they worked in partnership to create 14 canvases and 15 drawings. Each artist started with three to six pieces and the medium and materials were of the artists choosing. Once all the works had  been prepared and painted, there was an exchange and each artist traded out his works for a set of the two other artists.

Film Screening
WHEN: 7:00 pm, Thursday June 2nd, 2011
WHERE: Mission Valley Cinema
2109-124 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
HOW: Ticket price is $7.00
To purchase advance tickets go to www.AmbassadorCinemas.com <http://www.AmbassadorCinemas.com>  and click "buy tickets"
 
Screening starts at 7pm followed by a Question and Answer session with Director Robert King and the cast of the documentary.
 
www.UnitedforRobert.com <http://www.UnitedforRobert.com>
 
3 The Hard Way Movie Trailer
http://bit.ly/5gHkKl
 
As a master in the hair field, Spinelli has worked on movie sets in Los Angeles, and has performed in Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. Come out for Triangle Fashion Week and see his wonderful designs, paired with clothing from Runway Couture, Tacori jewelry presented by Diamonds Direct, and SoHo Shoes

Media Contact:
Carrie Le Chevallier
Bounce Media-Marketing
919-412-2645  
Carrie.LeChevallier@yahoo.com <mailto:Carrie.Lechevallier@yahoo.com>
 
Attachment:  Robert King photograph
 
About Robert King:
Robert was born August 5, 1973. He grew up in Broward County, Florida. He is married to Lisa King, his partner in the film company Octave Blue.  King has a daughter named Kayla King who was born in 1995. He now lives in Raleigh.

 

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May
18
2011

If I Sell out at this show, I won't have enough art for the next one... by M Theresa Brown

I chatted with a potter recently about entering an upcoming show that I thought would be good for her.  She surprised me when she laughingly confessed that the previous year she had skipped that opportunity because she was afraid that she would have no time to re-stock her pottery when she sold out at the show held two weeks earlier.

In my  twenty one years of selling my art for a living, I have stumbled near or into many pitfalls known to beginning businesses......and I have a seasoned amount of "Things Not To Do" stories. It doesn't stop at one thing of course. Rather it's more like a Folder on my computer with numerous categories  inside.

One of these Folders in my brain refers to the artist beginning to participate in art shows. I won't go into the little mistakes that I initially made with seemingly small things that became huge as the event wore on such as forgetting the sunscreen, weights for the tents, business cards or bottled water.  Those fall under the heading of "That won't happen again."
But I will focus on that Folder that I discovered every artist has when contemplating a series of shows regardless of what he creates. And that is the concern of "If I enter this show and sell out, I won't have enough for the show in 3 weeks" syndrome.

Looking back it's actually funny only in the context of how much angst and brain power it caused in looking at all the possibilities such an event would cause. But when an artist first comes across the need to make a plan of the upcoming show season, it wreaks havoc with one's logistical skills. And, as it always turns out, unnecessarily.  It is a rare artist or craftsman who is left with nothing to sell at the next show after hitting a bonanza at the current one. The typical range of emotions runs the whole gamut during the course of the show from mentally calculating the bank deposit  to the stark realization (or conclusion) that you may not make expenses. And somewhere in the back of this artist's mind are the words from a seasoned show artist to "Not worry about selling everything in your booth." Ouch.

 My potter friend was rueful about her beginning  naivety and now enters the shows that she can accommodate based strictly on business factors.  She learned that the old adage "Never count your chickens before they hatch" has nothing to do with lack of optimism, it has everything to do with  reality and missed opportunities while waiting for just one batch to hatch. The beginning artist often quits after just one or two shows because the expectations fell  short of the reality.  But there is NO golden rule for success at every art show or festival you enter. There are definite rules that will enhance your chances of success, but every show is a learning experience. And each time you participate and file away the experience, and learn positively from it, you enhance the chance that you might, indeed, sell all your art in your booth and not have enough for the next show!


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