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artd: the debate is sometimes inevitable.
I can agree that dialing down the tone when it comes to critique is the civil way to go. For the most part I prefer when people are more elaborate in their critique. Sometimes however, when people pay an exorbitant amount of due to an artist and telling me how important he is (or has been) for photography and art in general I can choose to agree or disagree.
I can even choose to agree even though I am not overly fond of the work myself.
In a few instances there are artists who...Show more →
Well, I think there comes a point at which a critique becomes interpretted as not a critique, but as a thoughtless dismissal. The point at which that happens may be a very fuzzy line, but I think when we start using single-word descriptors it's easy to view that line as being crossed.
I can dress it up and say: I am sorry, I don't see the quality in this, to me this is just pure crap and an insult to other artists. Sometimes a name weighs in more heavy than the work and I find that very crippling for art. Judge someone by their work and not (only) their track record or history. If you happen to be a public artist I still feel I can tell people I think it is pure crap rather than hold my tongue or just wrap it in "nice words".
Right, but that's where the problem comes in. It's not so much about wrapping it in "nice words." More about creating a perception that you are quickly dismissive of something and unwilling to consider why other people do find the work worthwhile. (Note, I am not saying that necessarily is the case. I am saying that is the perception that is created.)
I could of course say: "what is it that you like so much about this work? To me this is mediocre at best, and not on par with what I would see on a generic Fl*ckr page even".
A fair statement (and similar to what I actually thought myself).
People sometimes subject themselves to self mockery - and indication of being at ease with themselves and that is a bandwagon I often jump on. Poking fun is fun - if all parties are game.
True. Though sometimes it's hard on the Internet to tell the difference between poking fun and snarky ridicule. (Heck, I have that problem in real life conversations )