What makes a good portfolio? ePortfolio? Website? A website that shows your work cleanly, efficiently, and then gets out of the way is a good start. Many artist's websites do this. They are often very minimal and spare. They sort of recapitulate the white cube of gallery experience. But the White Cube is problematic. Right?
Good for Who?
A good website for a Private Investigator probably shouldn't look anything like a good website for a Tattoo Artist. Or a Physical Therapist. Or a Marine Biologist. All of these people need to share their work with others. And all should have websites that speak to the qualities, interests, and aesthetics of their work.
What are the aesthetics of your work? Should a Painter's website look similar or different from a Social Practice artist? Or a Metals artist? Or a Hacktivist?
White Cube Website?
Is a White Cube website a good website? Or should dense, conceptual, noisy work have a dense, conceptual, noisy website?
Art 490: Create, Critique, Repeat
Step 1 this semester is to get a website up right away. Do think about your aesthetics, but don't worry too much about leaping directly into the perfect website. We'll focus this semester on revising and critiquing and revising some more. By putting your work online, seeing how it feels, discussing everyone else's sites, and then revising your site, perhaps experimenting with different templates & platforms, you should increasingly come to a better understanding of your work, the aesthetics of how you'd like to present it, and the technical parameters of a strong presentation of your work.
image: Mind the System, Find the Gap by Z33 Art Centre, Hasselt, Belgium