February 5 at 1:32am
Really a lot of the time I think I’m most influenced by the artists that I know. A lot of thoughts come out of visiting someone’s studio or a conversation about what someone is up to in their practice. Today I was in my boyfriend’s studio and we were looking at the models that he’s painstakingly constructing from cardboard, watching the way a piece unfolds and discussing its process can be really special. I love talking with artists about their work or just gossiping, drinking coffee and talking about shows we’ve seen, it’s all great stuff.
I’m very excited about an artist called Richard Bevan who is just fresh out of college at the Slade. That’s a nice story actually because the start of my friendship with Richard was that I wrote a short piece for Whitehot on a screening of his that I went to kind of by chance and was totally blown away by; then this led to us corresponding, doing a show and collaborating on a poster project. It’s brilliant when something like that happens a bit randomly and a creative relationship begins.
Then of course everyone is talking about the Nicolas Bourriaud’s Tate Triennial at the moment and I think Tris Vonna-Michell and Katie Paterson who are taking part in that are interesting artists. I’m also a real fan of artists’ film and that’s something I’m intrigued by and want to concentrate on more.
I often feel overwhelmed by the amount of art that goes on in a city like London, you really could spend every night of your life at an opening and that’s part of what’s exciting about being a curator I guess is finding your path through that, what interests you and what you single out from the mass.
It’s interesting that you mention non-artists alongside artists. Those categories are interesting, even how artists themselves define what they’re doing.
Part of being in a city is real sensory overload anyway, that so many parts of experience are aesthetic. I love signage, shop fronts, parks, markets.. There was a great sandwich shop near where I used to work and I used to love watching the way the old guy there made sandwiches. I remember watching him and thinking this is every bit as good as art!
February 5 at 7:14am
Thanks for taking the time to chat. We look forward to your new projects.