In this series, I'm posting the guest curator invited artist's own words about the work they've done for this year's Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Today's artist: Christian French:
I am convinced there are two pillars in artmaking, which I like to call Craft and Art. People get hung up on terms, and those in particular, so you could use Form and Content or, say, How and Why. It’s important to embrace both of these in your approach to making– or appreciating – art, or anything else for that matter because when you do it gives you extra handles upon which to grip what you are interested in (or to understand why you aren’t interested). Ultimately, it all comes down to a simple thing:
What interests you?
It’s not my job to tell you what is interesting to you. If I’m good at what I do I can learn what interests me, or better yet I can tell you a story of what interests me: one that holds you, one that delights you, one that is grammatically correct in all of the right places and incorrect in all of the right places, and in those meeting points where what I like and what you like come together something wonderful happens. Sometimes accidentally, but that’s ok.
Much of my work is about looking. No, better yet, it is about noticing. Often I have to see something multiple times before I realize I am interested, attracted, curious. What was that? What caught my eye? Why? Can I learn something about who I am by going back and looking at it again? Who am I?
There are plenty of well-produced pop songs sung well and signifying nothing. There are plenty of heartfelt screeches challenging to listen to despite their integrity.
Welcome to my radio.
Christian French, Blue14 (detail) 2009 archival print on Hannamule paper
image courtesy of the artist