Journal Entry: Sat Feb 9, 2013, 2:56 PM
Today, I feel like talking about critique. I love critique. Much more than praise in fact. This might be hard for some people to understand, but let me explain my psychology.
If someone decided to critique me, I would prefer it to be blunt and to the point. No sugar coating it. I'd like them to simply list off every single aspect that could be improved upon without restraint or apology. Despite what you may think, I really would love critique like that. One of the reasons is that I don't want to seem like I'm just fishing for praise when I request critique, but also because I really do want to improve myself.
When it comes to art, every victory is only temporary. My future art will always be more important to me than my past art. So when I get a brutal critique it may lower my opinion of my latest attempt, but it is also simultaneously improving something that is much more important to me.
Now about giving critique, it is my presumption that not a lot of people feel comfortable giving critique. I myself am guilty of this. Even though I love receiving critique, I'm always afraid of offending people. I'm afraid that if I critique someone, they would assume that I think that I am better than they are. Which really shouldn't be the case.
I think that everyone should be able to give critique. Everyone's perspective is valuable information because your ultimate goal as an artist should be the subjective opinion of average people (unless you're only interested in industrial design or something like that) If you create a work of art that requires technical knowledge to appreciate, but that is unappealing to the general population, I'd consider that a failure.
If anything, the problems that inexperienced people notice should be the most important problems to fix. Everyone's opinion is valid after all.
Some artists might disagree with me here. Some may think that good art is defined by technical skill alone. I don't think this is true. Fine art is subjective by definition.
"Aesthetics is for the artist as ornithology is for the birds."
— Barnett Newman
So even though I believe that everyone should be able to critique, I do suspect that most people are unlike me in that area. Therefore treating them how I would want to be treated is probably not a good idea.
I'd really love to hear your thoughts on the matter if you could spare a minute or two to share them with me.