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A Statement on Artist Statements

Yes it’s now Christmas, and family is asleep in other rooms, and I should be asleep in this room I’m in here in Columbus (GA). But instead I am up thinking about the conversation happening on Jerry Saltz’s* Facebook page regarding artist statements. He posted an update tasking artists to post theirs and he would critique/edit them. Hundreds of responses later (and with the help of a small handful of great pinch hitters), I’m beginning to think I need to take a very non-traditional approach to the revision of my own. Not sure what all that entails yet, but I have a few ideas and will keep you posted. It’s not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.

One of these days Jerry’s gonna break Facebook due to an over-commented on post. Possible questions that would do that?


*Am I supposed to put an “s” after that “z?”

P.S. If you’re into the Jesus thing, or celebrate Christmas regardless, Merry Christmas! If you don’t, hope you saved me some leftovers!

Man Bartlett