Reflecting on Life and Joys I had Forgotten wearing their new frames
Last night I had the joy of being one on a panel of two offering comments and encouragement at a critique night for artists. Artist were invited to bring 2 pieces of art and for a mere $5 were given individual attention, suggestions, encouragement and direction for their work.
Critiques often make artists cringe. They can be devastating or be the most helpful thing in the world for an artist. Artists at every level from beginner to pro can benefit from another pair of trained eyes looking at their work.
My opinion is that criticism, and pontificating on aesthetic philosophies has no place at a critique. Each artist should have a chance to explain what their intention was in making the piece because that is the only way to truly evaluate whether or not the piece was successful.