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civilized ku # 2477 ~ wherein I make a picture in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned

Wet sticky snow ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggenThe PBS segment about my life without the APA work aired last evening. You can view it here. IMO, they did a very good job of editing and putting it all together.

Unfortunately, before we did the video for the segment, I was not aware of the existence of the Automatic Artist Biography Generator (linked supplied by The Cinemascapist). If I had been, I could have talked like this (as generated by the Automatic Artist Biography Generator machine):

"I am an artist who mainly works with photography. With a conceptual approach, I consider making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

My photos are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By focusing on techniques and materials, I seduce the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

My works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By emphasising aesthetics, I try to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

My works sometimes radiate a cold and analytical ambiance. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By choosing mainly formal solutions, I try to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, like to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believe in the idea of function following form in a work.

My works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist (in me) as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.

I currently live and work in Au Sable Forks, New York."

Man, I would have sounded like a real art genius. I highly recommend that you give the AABG machine a whirl.

But if you're just looking for a phrase or two to throw out at the next exhibit opening you attend, you might give the The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator a try. It's free, and other than spending a couple years of your life and $40,000.00 to get a MFA, how the hell else are you gonna learn how to talk this way? ...

"It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the metaphorical resonance of the referential signifier endangers the devious simplicity of the inherent overspecificity." or "It should be added that the reductive quality of the gesture visually and conceptually activates the substructure of critical thinking."

Hey, you can knock me over with a feather if that don't sound like a great way to hit on and pick up art chicks. Or, vice-versa, if you're a chick.

Reader Comments (3)


March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClifford Gwinn

The video story is well done. The HD aspect ratio does not does not show off your images well, but not much you can do about that.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Linn

Watched the 'Life without APA' video. I liked your calm and measured demeanour; after reading some of your posts over the last couple of years I half-expected you to be waving your arms about while you spoke! ;)

Mixed feelings about the video content. My general impression is that people were confused about your intent with the images e.g some viewers couldn't figure out whether you yourself are for / against the APA (!)

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSven W

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