Site news: Criticism as new addition?

Something I have been thinking about for a while is the potential idea for art criticism to play a future role in this site. This art scene is filled with amazing artwork and never ceases to impress. The one thing it is lacking though is criticism from within the scene. Many critics and artists have said before that inner criticism needs to exist for the outer areas to take notice. So since I am also an art history major, with specific emphasis on this current stream of art, it seems fitting I should start adding critiques to the posts.

Now the critiques will not be bashing the works, but talking about the works/events while looking at the artists previous works, how the art relates to us, technical aspects and so on. Now this scene has been breaking new ground for some time, so I am not going to stick to formal older styles of criticism. Art criticism needs to change just as the ideas of art are changing. Hopefully this will all be taken with open arms, but I imagine there will be speed bumps. I have rarely seen critiques be welcomed happily, but I figure with a site called “Creep” Machine maybe it’s about time to live up to the name.

There is a poll for this on the right side of the site, vote and let me know what you think.

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    Slave Driver
    Jul 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I think it sounds like a good idea, a little criticism never hurts.

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    Sep 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Great idea! I think this is the on thing that this 'movement'? needs.

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    Steve Brown
    Nov 16, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I think the key to criticism being worthwhile is that it comes from someone that people trust and respect. For example, Travis Louie is not going to give a crap what I have to say about his latest work because I have no track record, no reputation, and no credentials. It doesn’t matter.

    But Travis Louie will be interested to hear what Jonathan Levine has to say about his latest painting, because Jonathan has a track record and a solid reputation as the owner of a fine and well-respected gallery.

    While I’m always personally happy to shoot my mouth off about art, I know that my opinions are not going to be as respected (or as in-depth) as others who know the field better, and have been here longer.

    If you can round up respected artists, galleries, curators, and designers to critique new shows, I think you’ll have a pretty solid feature for your site that people can understand, respect, and really get behind.

    Otherwise, get ready for a deluge of hate mail from people who just don’t want to take the chance of someone publicly decrying their latest masterpiece.

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