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tj's crit guide

Critique is a conversation between the art, the viewers, and the artist. The quality of art is assessed according to the critic’s own experience, knowledge and bias. Work is evaluated by looking at the bad and good qualities as well as relevance. It is then up to the artist to decipher the criticism weighing the differing aspects and perspectives given in the conversation.

At the University, studio critique is used as the tool to evaluate performance and assign a grade, as well as create a dialog between classmates and faculty. Power is in the hands of the instructors in the University critique. It is their views that decide what mark is recorded. Instructors at the U have a responsibility the look at various modes of thought, art history and contemporary art practices to evaluate a student’s work. It is also necessary for an instructor to maintain a serious art making practice to be best suited for the role of critique authority.

Rules for critique:
Make good work don’t half ass be truly committed.

Be open to it all

Know your company. Know the historical reference points as well as in depth details about your influence.

Know your audience. Look at the work, previous criticism and opinions of those involved in the crit know where their voice is coming from.

Listen. People are giving their views don’t try to change their mind with gibber gabber let the art do your talking.

A visiting artist/curator critique can add an outside voice to a nearly closed system. Take advantage of their voice seek approval they are a stand in for the whole world outside of the U.

Have the conversation you need to have: if the talk goes to far out reel it bake in with some direct questions.

Be able to verbalize the questions you have been pondering.

Don’t be a know it all.

Be humble and gracious.

Food goes along way.

Don’t allow any one to claim you are insignificant or your path is not of any value.

As a critiquier have some manners the artist has ripped this thing out of their soul and spent many hours doing it.

It is easy to say something mean in a kind way. No one likes a bully

Don’t change their work into your work

Follow up if something comes to mind after the crit

Each and every person can teach us something about our work

Method of formal studio critique:
Start in silence and spend some time with the work. Have a conversation about the work. Let the conversation expand beyond the art. After these steps ask questions of the artist. Next the artist should ask questions. End in some positive manner. After crtit crit go and reflect with people close to you about the experience.