“Need An Artist’s Statement?…”

Worry no more, but go over to 500 Letters and check a few boxes and presto you come up with a statement that even the most dyed in the wool post-modernist will love. Besides, it is so full of BS that it should knock most gallerists off their feet. Here is what I came up with in just a couple of minutes and with a couple of minor fixes in Word:


He (°1945, Somewhere) makes photos and mixed media artworks. By exploring the concept of portrait in a nostalgic way, He investigates the dynamics of portrait, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what portrait means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

His photos are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

His works establish a link between the portrait’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, his works references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.

His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. He currently lives and works in The Twilight ZXone.

About christian harkness

Photographer and printmaker; living and working in north Florida.
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5 Responses to “Need An Artist’s Statement?…”

  1. Dave says:

    I did a generic “About Me” text as a joke for a forum I used to be on. I posted it here on my about me page: http://davidwolanski.com/about/
    Feel free to use it and the artists statement. Half a photo artistes web pages will be done!

  2. Freaking brilliant! I did mine, too and almost fell over laughing. Next I’ll do one for my cat.

    • :)
      The problems is that I have encountered two or three artist statements or write ups about photographers, very much in that vain recently in some rather ‘serious’ publications. I kinda thought this nonsense had stopped!

      • Some of those artists statements are such drivel. I think it’s why some people are intimated by art, they read these things, don’t understand them, and think art is confusing or too intellectual. Meanwhile, the emperor has no clothes.

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