|John Terwilliger, "Radiation", mixed media on hardboard, 14"x11", 2008|
|John Terwilliger, "A Setting Hazard", colored pencil, 3.5"x2.5", 2009-06-16|
For the individual responding this is a "safe" piece and the subject does not push boundaries. This piece is from a series I was doing on standard safety/hazard symbols. but the series is really about the material used in making the picture. The picture above uses an industrial polymer, acrylic paint, as well as the charcoal and eraser debris from my studio floor adhered with spray adhesive.
The series also has experiments with sawdust, dirt, and other textured or colored stuff which could be attached.
|John Terwilliger, "Handicap Accessible", mixed media on hardboard, 14"x11", 2009|
So when I receive unsolicited critique/advice on a picture should I concern myself? I usually don't, especially when it seems very off base. I stopped asking for critique of my work almost as soon as I left college. I followed my own path while in college and found most critique unhelpful as most students didn't see where I was going. I learned to listen intently to a few select individuals and my friends.
In college I found out while doing a research grant that the only people who respond to your work are ones with strong feelings towards it. By respond I do not mean simply saying they like something. People who really like something will talk about it, discuss what they like.
So I say give me advice, tell me what you think. I will be cordial. But don't expect radical changes in my artwork or subject matter based on any one comment good or bad. But feel free to try and make me explain myself. Any conversation is better than silence.