International Art English and the rot we all ignore

I know this one well. The flowery language to describe the bland, to cover up the art of banality with words that conjure up visions of ecstasy. This is something I mentioned in my final submission for my Visual Art Degree, I refused to write the usual Artists Statement. The one where you talk about confronting the zeitgeist with banality of the bourgeois beast that lie within us. The one where your ability to write this crap far outweighs your actual art. We see it everywhere, whether from burgeoning new artists or from the gallery elite, and no one is doing anything about it. Hopefully this Guardian article might start to wake up somebody,, by . (You should read this now, and this

I knew plenty within our course at university that would portray an outwardly artistic glow, ones who you thought were ‘Of The People’ and “By The People’. The ones who you’d expect to be principled about such alienation, but no, they play this sick sad game. They use their education to push their mediochre (sic) art along. During those last few weeks of my degree course I read many of these ‘Statements’, my flabber aghast at the horrors that had been created. I also read those that struggled to compete with these fine words, their art no less worthy…..But, and you know it’s a big but, but you know who will get the funding, you know who will get the chance at a show, the opportunities. And how do we know this? Well how many artists with a learning disability are represented within our art world? How many just plain old people who don’t use these terms? Ones that have not passed through the bowels of a university art school? (Although yes even those that have avoided that dim dark place still offend, perhaps even more so as they struggle to be accepted) You just don’t get them, you’ve more chance of finding a gay footballer in one of the English football leagues than an artist with a show in a well regarded gallery.

Anyway, what would I know? I went from being a previous “A” student to being a ‘C’ student for that final module. That’s how much I know!

So what should you do? What should I do? Speak and write plain English. Talk about our art openly and honestly. Stop using words you know will just confound people. Sometimes I feel the art world feels much maligned, a victim, “why don’t people understand us?” they say. Why do they mock? Art & Culture matter, it is the Mona Lisa the world celebrates and remembers. Not the trader that commissioned it. We are in danger in these new times of a new realism of becoming detached from society, being those “arty wankers” over there. In fact are we not already there?

Which reminds me……………..

“Doucement, ne les derangez pas
Ilya des gens qui vive comme ca
Les artistes de demain
En desespoir agréable”

Excuse my French.


My work explores the relationship between the universality of myth and unwanted gifts.

With influences as diverse as Machiavelli and Buckminster Fuller, new variations are manufactured from both simple and complex structures.

Ever since I was a postgraduate I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of the zeitgeist. What starts out as triumph soon becomes debased into a carnival of greed, leaving only a sense of decadence and the inevitability of a new synthesis.

As wavering derivatives become clarified through emergent and personal practice, the viewer is left with a new agenda of the corners of our culture.

Thank you


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