Monday, July 21, 2008

Instant Crits!

Frame from Daniel Clowe's "Art School Confidential" comic

The Instant Critique Phrase Generator (found via C-Monster) can give you the input and vocabulary you've been looking for! All the art-speak jargon a person could ever want! No more sitting around in a quiet room postulating artists intentions to smooth jazz or hipster background noise (ala Sigur Ros) - just type in a few numbers and bingo! - great phrases like this:

"I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the metaphorical resonance of the facture visually and conceptually activates a participation in the critical dialogue of the 90s. "

or

"I find this work menacing/playful because of the way the reductive quality of the Egyptian motifs notates the exploration of montage elements. "

or

"It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the mechanical mark-making of the figurative-narrative line-space matrix spatially undermines the substructure of critical thinking."

see also::

Impenetrable Prose from the Whitney Biennial

and

Artists Forced to Explain Modern Art, Critics Complain

2 comments:

katharine said...

take a look at Carol Diehl's blog to read the many responses to her post about the writing in the catalog for the Whitney Biennial this year. http://artvent.blogspot.com/2008/03/random-quotes-from-information-about.html

Nathan said...

great stuff. thanks for the link. artspeak can be so full of forced meaning/importance that it means little at all beyond intellectual masturbation. here's another interesting related link:

http://www.artfagcity.com/2008/07/15/artists-forced-to-explain-modern-art-critics-complain/

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