Writing Visual Art
Saturday, August 13, 9:00am - 1:30pm*
Luther Barn: 17 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic NY 12592
Purpose of the workshop:
To demystify art-writing for artists. You will come away with new tools and the confidence to gain greater perspective, understanding, and expanded options in your own practical art-writing.
This workshop, led by artist and writer Elizabeth Michelman, is for exhibiting visual artists and other artists for whom writing may be a developing part of their practice in such settings as exhibition communications, grant-writing, proposals, guest-curating and other forms of self-advocacy as an artist. There is a $10 fee for participants.
How it will work:
The Workshop will flow “backwards,” considering first the role of the critic, and second, how artists can direct their own writing toward the needs of the third-party critic. Participants will encounter, critique, and generate both critical essays and artists’ statements, or, in special cases, essays related to specific personal uses. We will make use of group discussion, team writing projects, individual assignments, and one-on-one consultations. The workshop will identify issues and challenges frequently encountered by artists in communicating around their art in the contemporary setting. As a group we will explore new techniques of conceptualizing and organizing writing for exhibition.
* please note: lunch will be provided
Elizabeth Michelman is a multidisciplinary artist, art critic, and independent curator in the Boston area whose practice inquires into interdisciplinary boundaries and the use of language. Her spatial, conceptual, and linguistic strategies link a broad range of forms, disciplines and cultural experience, including site-responsive installation and video, participatory art, environmental art, language, poetry, and music. Michelman exhibits and creates public installations in New England and New York. She has taught courses on exhibitions, art and language, and 2D/3D design at Massachusetts College of Art and has lectured and taught in museums, galleries, community art venues and college campuses around New England. She is a staff critic for Artscope Magazine and contributes to Sculpture Magazine and other publications. She recently co-founded an international blog for artist-curators: http://theoreticalshow.wordpress.com.