In this post, I am referring to any situation artists initiate to gain feedback about their work, not what happens when your work is complete and presented for public consumption. I guess you could refer to it as " in process" critique. Art blogs are a wonderful vehicle for in process critique, but interestingly enough, most of the comments readers give are very positive and supportive. While that makes us feel good, it does not move us along in our thinking about what we create. I think most people don't get into the discussion because of fear of offending the artist, or because they don't quite know how best to express what they truly think about an art work. There are other opportunities for "in process"critique that artists can pursue:
- posting your work on an online critique site,
- organizing a studio visit with a curator, gallery owner or visiting artist;
- joining a critique group;
- calling upon a trusted artist friend to discuss your work.
- Artists put themselves in a strong position when they engage in self critique of their work before bringing it to a more public forum for discussion.
- Viewers look at art from their life experiences, education, likes and dislikes, emotional state and personal tastes.
- All responses to an artwork are the l opinions of the viewer and should not be taken as a personal criticism of the artist. (that's the most difficult to remember)
- There can be great disparity in interpretation between the views of the artist and the intended audience.
- Artists do not have to act on or agree with the information gained from a critique.