what is “girls war”? (ii)

“what is your concept?”, the gallery showing the work asks – of course in response to this i am expected to spew out a lot of inane garbage artspeak with a lot of long words – so everyone is awed (in their incomprehension) and i am accepted as a real artist – urgh! – i actually find it the most irritating, irrelevant (and ignorant?) question to be continually faced with and refuse to answer (have no answer to?!) – apparently it isn’t enough to paint to make interesting images – it has to be vindicated by lies and nonsense – no “meaning” means no soul means it’s nothing – so be it, my work is paper-thin – i want to be thinner if that means being honest – i paint primarily for myself but naturally also hope to excite or agitate viewers – isn’t that the purpose of art (in regard to the fact that art has no intrinsic purpose!) – defining and imposing a “concept” robs the viewer of his/her own interpretation – effectively rendering it no longer art, to my mind – artists need to stick to dealing with pictures not words propping up their visual deficiencies (so why are you writing this trevor?) – what’s it about?, you tell me! – [the gallery will write their own bullshit : )]


  1. Mike Niederman said on 30 Jan 2013 at 7:08 pm

    The best ‘artist’s statement’ I’ve seen was from a photographer of female nudes: “See the pretty girl.”

  2. Bill said on 1 Feb 2013 at 2:36 am

    A typically disingenuous statement from the artist who acts as the very tip of the artistic lance piercing and then subverting the politico-sexual zeitgeist via transgressive and confrontationally seductive imagery with a subtext of dark whimsy.

  3. trevor brown said on 1 Feb 2013 at 9:34 am

    i’d contend it’s more about sticking zeitgeists up people’s paradigms, but whatever…

    instant c.r.a.p. generator:

  4. Jeff said on 2 Feb 2013 at 8:45 am

    “Girls War” continues exiled iconoclast Trevor Brown’s examination of the subtextual inuration class, culture, and politics force upon our contemporary concepts of childhood. Girls War also serves as an all-too-timely and souciant exploration of the inate violence of youthful humanity in a world obsessed by the uncontextualized image.”

    (Throw in “Sandy Hook” somewhere and you’re in 600 media outlets, mudder-fucka!)


  5. aufe said on 3 Feb 2013 at 3:06 am

    i guess you just got to play the game. the fucking nitwits that run these art galleries, need to justify the art work with a pretentious written essay that no one understands (not even them) – probably to make the art work feel important so that it can sell?

  6. trevor brown said on 3 Feb 2013 at 8:55 am

    the people at the gallery are fine actually – but obligated to toe the line – bullshit is the backbone of the art world : /

  7. cement bambi said on 3 Feb 2013 at 11:44 am

    “The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.”

    — Oscar Wilde

    (from the preface to “The Picture of Dorian Gray”)

  8. trevor brown said on 3 Feb 2013 at 2:44 pm

    > (Throw in “Sandy Hook” somewhere and you’re in 600 media outlets, mudder-fucka!)

    erm, not really – sandy hook got a publication with my “bloodsucker” image in
    “yanked off shelves”

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