Horse V. Candy / feat art jargon and story


This is a still life I painted with oils a few years ago. I used the same flower pot as I did in my most recent painting. It’s one of my model horses with a bowl of peanut M&Ms and a Rex begonia. It was fun because I arranged the M&Ms as if they were coming out to defend their fortress against the horse.

A couple weeks ago I read a post by one of my blogging friends, Judith, at art discoveries,  and she talked about art jargon which I find impossible to read. So many times I’ve tried to read an artist’s statement and been annoyed by meaningless jargon. I think, why can’t they be honest?! Why do they try to confuse people with a  meaningless statement? So I was amused to find out there’s a site that generates art jargon.” the instant art critique phrase generator.” It’s a bot. All you do is type in 5 numbers and it gives you meaningless bs! You don’t have to upload your painting. This is as random as the zodiac. These are some of the things I got from it by typing in zip codes.

“I find this work to be playful because the optical suggestion of the fracture makes the eloquence of this piece.”

“The disjunctive perturbation of the negative space specially undermines the distinctive formal juxtaposition.”

“As an advocate of the aesthetic, I feel the metaphysical resonance threatens to penetrate the exploration of the montage elements.”

“The subaqueous qualities of the elements bring within the realm of discourse the substructure of critical thinking.”

That sounds important and very esoteric! doesn’t it! And there I thought it was impossible to get a real critique these days!

I’ll tell you a true story about this painting. When I lived in Richmond and most of my paintings got rejected from the juried shows, I joined an art club, because when you enter with a group they have to hang your painting even if they don’t like it at that certain non profit, because the group paid for the wall space.  The first day when I wanted to join the group along with a few other artists, they wanted us to bring a piece of our art so they could see what kind of art we did. I took this still life. When I got there, I saw the others had leaned their paintings up on chairs so I did the same until the meeting was ready to start. A lady came in and threw her coat over top of my painting which I thought was kind of weird and I left it there and so did she. Then when it was my turn to talk about my painting I moved her coat. It seemed hostile to me. We had to wait in another room until they decided if we could join the group. I didn’t know if I’d get in but then they called us back and I did get in the group. When the meeting was over that lady was walking out in the hall close to me and she told me she’s the past president of the club for x number of years. I guess she was someone important. I said that’s nice, it looks like a good group. Then I entered shows with the group but I knew some didn’t want me to join. I got a weird vibe the few other times I had to interact. This isn’t my imagination. I’m neither an introvert or an extrovert. I’m just an ambivert, which is the correct term for someone that likes people but is ok alone.

Speaking of a weird vibe, I might go back to Fort Monroe and finish the drawing I started a couple years ago. The universe told me the guy that was planning to rob me over there got corona! hahaha Just kidding, the universe doesn’t talk to me. If I still get the weird vibe there, I’ll leave.

20 thoughts on “Horse V. Candy / feat art jargon and story”

  1. I can’t stand “art speak”! That’s too funny about the art phrase generator.

    I’ve had similar experiences with art groups too. There’s just too much ego for me so I don’t join anymore. Ambivert – that’s a new word for me, but describes me to a tee! 👍🏻👩🏻‍🎨🎨

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  2. Chris, I thoroughly enjoyed your post! The art jargon stimulator was such a surprise, I had no idea. Art jargon has always confused me, and find it to be more about the speaker or writer, and not about the art itself. In the end, I finally agreed on a simple solution for myself. Creating art is sharing. Some will respond, and some may not, however, it never alters the value of the great experience I had while creating it! Great post!

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  3. One of my many rules about art jargon is that the longer the label, the more bizarre and silly the art is going to be. Can anyone imagine a Rembrandt with a label that goes on for line after line after ;ome? Just silly……..


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  4. I remember now the verb that I particularly dislike in art jargon: ‘interrogate’.

    ‘Here the artist interrogates’ followed by something that you do not think needs ‘interrogation’ or by a statement of complete gibberish. That is when you know how trite the work of art is, even to the art professional who wrote the gibberish……….


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  5. Love the painting, and the art jargon bot. A few years ago one of the art quilt groups I’m in had a challenge to create a piece, write the real story behind it, then turn that story into art jargon. It was the funniest meeting we’ve had. What puzzles me is if the entire art world is on to the bs of art jargon, why of why do art journals and museum curators continue to publish it?

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    1. That sounds like a great quilt meeting! And a good time for you to use your writing skills for fun! Good question about why they publish jargon. They must want to alienate the general public because that’s how it is now. That will eventually cause a backlash on the art world. Elitism is my guess, but it makes no sense to me why they want to be elite. If class warfare happens elites get killed. I’ll be safe. hahahah I’m a peasant. Thanks for your thoughts!


  6. Omg, I love the art jargon post. I love the painting! Regarding the jargon, I cannot tell you how many times I have thought- do I really need to write this nonsense? Can’t people just look at my work and decide for themselves? Is this jargon to make marketing folks happy? Again, awesome post and painting!

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