Positive Signs #21 & 22

May 18, 2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism*, and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

explanatory style: artists & setbacks  example: an artist receives a rejection letter. permanence / pervasiveness / personalization. the pessimist: permanent “i never win anything.”  universal “the art world runs  on nepotism anyway.”   internal “my work is  no good.” the optimist: temporary “there will be different jurors next year.”   specific “my work WAs not thAT committee’s tastes.”   external “the odds are unfavorable.” Inspired by Martin E.P. Seligman, “Learned Optimism” (2007)

Christine Wong Yap, _Positive Sign #21 (Explanatory Style: Artists & Setbacks)_, 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

explanatory style: artists & successes  example: an exhibition is well received. permanence    pervasiveness    personalization. the pessimist: temporary “the gallery made good  choices this time.”   specific “this series fits with  current trends.”  external “people always say nice  things at shows.” the optimist: permanent “i’m hardworking and  pick good partners.”  universal “i put on ambitious exhibitions.”   internal “my work is  strong.” Inspired by Martin E.P. Seligman, “Learned Optimism” (2007)

Christine Wong Yap, _Positive Sign #22 (Explanatory Style: Artists & Successes)_, 2011; glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.


Next Wednesday: Positive Signs #23 & 24 on space and experience.
See all Positive Signs to date.

2 Comments

  1. Sue Says:

    Excellent!!

  2. 46175 Says:

    The power of language..

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