Brace Yourselves: State-of-the-Art Statement

Work of Anti-Art in the Age of Artificial Reproduction

The mind creates, the chaos permeates. In the material reality, art objects are deprecations of the musings of the mind — a mind that uses the chaos as a parallax to deconstruct ideas, patterns, and emotions. With the rationalization of the electronic environment, the mind is approaching a point where it will be free from the chaos to consume immersions into the parameters of the delphic reality. Work of Anti-Art in the Age of Artificial Reproduction contains 10 minimal shockwave engines (also refered to as “clipper chips”) that enable the user to make different audio/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

Portelli investigates the nuances of surveilance cameras through the use of slow motion and close-ups which emphasize the Artificial nature of digital media. Portelli explores abstract and elegant scenery as motifs to describe the idea of hyper-real reality. Using powerful loops, non-linear narratives, and slow-motion images as patterns, Portelli creates meditative environments which suggest the expansion of art.

 

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You’re probably wondering what all that nonsense was about, and if you aren’t – you very well should be. Allow me to introduce to you, the spawn of an irrational choice of words and an artist slogan generator – ta da! It’s cheeky, ludicrous, and kudos to the genius that identified the gap in the market and came out with this. Have yours created by hitting the link below; it’s all good fun. However, if you’re very much into your art, there is a possibility you have come across some artist statements that leave you baffled, doubting your ability to comprehend English, or simply reluctant to believe that this is genuinely coming from an artist his/herself. Perhaps you’ve been asked to write one yourself, and experienced the wild-goose chase of trying to summon the right words to describe your project and intentions in as clever and meaningful a way possible in order to instil a new appreciation for the value in your work within an audience.

Artist statements have been on the rise since the last decade. Their purpose is to help connect an audience with a body of work by understanding the artists’ ethos, intention, and context of creation through written text, which is often seen as an extension of their work. They may be found in catalogues, galleries, on websites and can be rather effective when accompanying reproductions that can easily lack the advantage of disclosing everything the artwork itself has to offer. For many visual thinkers, it is often far from easy to articulate their thoughts with the same level of clarity projected into their visual language. They are not always able to identify their thoughts within a verbal range, and can induce predetermined notions within an otherwise open-minded audience. As Henri Matisse once put it, ‘’in art, truth and reality begin when you no longer understand anything you do or know and there remains in you an energy, that much stronger for being balanced by opposition […]’’. Louise Bourgeois began her artist statement by calling out the possible risk of taking artists’ words too seriously – so here’s some food for thought:

 

‘’An artist’s words are always to be taken cautiously. The finished work is often a stranger to, and sometimes very much at odds with what the artist felt, or wished to express when he began. At best the artist does what he can rather than what he wants to do. After the battle is over and the damage faced up to, the result may be surprisingly dull—but sometimes it is surprisingly interesting. The mountain brought forth a mouse, but the bee will create a miracle of beauty and order. Asked to enlighten us on their creative process, both would be embarrassed, and probably uninterested. The artist who discusses the so-called meaning of his work is usually describing a literary side-issue. The core of his original impulse is to be found, if at all, in the work itself’’.

 

Create your artist statement here: http://www.playdamage.org/market-o-matic/

Bibliography

Liese, J., 2014. Toward A History (And Future) Of The Artist Statement. [Online]
Available at: https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/paper-monument/toward-a-history-and-future-of-the-artist-statement/
[Accessed 25 02 2017].

Romaniuk, S., 2010. “Being an Artist”. [Online]
Available at: https://enrollment.rochester.edu/blog/being-an-artist/
[Accessed 26 02 2017].

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