Q: What do I get out of curating?
A: Curating is engaging; it is playing a sort of chess with artworks. The alchemy that occurs is closely related to any form of personal art practice that I have ever known, yet it differs in one important way for my particular experience. The special essence of curating is embedded within the wisdom and skill of communication found in the building blocks of other's art that is charged with experiences and levels of understanding that help lead me to see through their eyes and perspectives. Once the show is hung and lit, didactic content has been scrutinized and identifying labels mounted, it is then I feel enlightened. So many are teachers to me and participating in this form of dialog is among the most purposeful orientations for my life. I have to listen to the art, it speaks and tells me how it wants to be presented and which pieces it desires to rest near.
Q: What is the benefit of alternative spaces in comparison to the vacuum of a pristine white walled gallery or museum setting?
A: Galleries and museum are important because they not only protect our cultural heritage, but they allow us a space to focus on the art object in a way that is mostly free of distractions. Museums and galleries allow our thoughts to congregate with and ponder over the thoughts of others. The reason I occasionally appreciate taking a break from pristine gallery display is to see what the presence of space brings to art. Art that is charged with the presence of human beings is not too different from spaces charged with lives lived and memories made.
Q: As curator, what would you hope the viewer will gain from viewing art in an alternative space?
A: My highest aim personally and for the viewer is to not reduce art to mere commodity, but remember the pure place from which it came. It was business and investors who distorted art into the hyped up version it is today, but that is not all bad. There is a place for every outlook and perspective and I simply like having the opportunity to hold art as sacred and no different than walking in a forest made by nature. When I encounter the ocean I accept it for what it is and it freely comes and goes, but if I arrive with pre-contrived notions and built up expectations, then a feeling of loss and dissatisfaction occurs. There is much to be learned from unpleasant experiences, but few humans electively flock to them. In a parallel philosophy I view alternative spaces as an exercise in meditation wherein the artworks introduced into the environment bring energies that align to open new gateways that did not exist until all necessary elements were aligned.
Q: Who is to say how elements are to be aligned?
A: No one has to be so bold or condescending as to impose force or opinions on others, but most of us humans enjoy doing it just the same, but that infantile form of control is not part of the wisdom found through humility when a human allows forces greater than one's self to work through one's self. It is a freeing feeling to let go, just as when the muscles relax after a long term of being clenched with stress.