A while back I posted about the idea of adding criticism as a feature to the site. The idea was equally met with praise and encouragement as well as some pretty nasty e-mails. As I stated before, there is some really exciting work being created right now and there is no doubt that this art needs to be talked about and shared. I have heard from many that inner criticism, along with scholarly writing that seems to be lacking in the current art scene, is what will draw outside interest even more. While I agree with this, formal criticism will not be a feature of this site.
I want more for the Creep Machine to be a site that informs and inspires people. Shares artwork that you might not have seen before, and quite possibly acts as a jumping off point for artists to get into galleries. Quite a few have been noticed from this site so far. In my own studies I will be writing scholarly work that pertains to current modern art, most of which will never make it onto this site. I hope some of that writing does inform people of the amazing works of art and communities that are being created right now, but for those that read sites like the Creep Machine, you already know. Here are a few quotes on critics that I have found, and made me think about why I want to be an art writer and not critic.
“A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded” — Tyne Daly (via: Wurzeltod)
“Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn from it” — Unknown
“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all” — Mark Twain
“Criticism should be a casual conversation” — W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.
“Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.