1. What is it exactly that you do?
Successful work is clear-minded and well thought out. I visit with an artist much as I did as an art dealer when planning an exhibition. I discuss what the artist’s work is about and help determine its purpose and direction.
2. What happens in a meeting?
The artist and I spend an informal hour talking back and forth about what their work means. We look at the most recent pieces (no more than ten), and decide where risk must be taken, where there are gaps in the artist’s thinking, or where the work needs to draw itself more tightly together.
3. Do I need to be preparing for an exhibition?
There are advantages to meeting at any point in the process. With a finished body of work, a summary or appraisal can be made. With work in progress, there is opportunity to bolster its strength and depth.
4. Do I need to be stuck in order to discuss my work?
Our discussion entails a discovery of what moves you, why you do the work you do, how you plan and think, and where your work is heading. Knowing these things is a constant at any point. Being grounded in your practice.
5. What happens if I think of something afterward, or if I’m still not clear about what we’ve discussed?
We cover a lot of ground in an hour. The consultation includes one follow-up email after the visit is over. A follow-up visit roughly six months later is usually a good idea.
6. I live outside of Montreal. How do we meet?
Over facetime. Unless three artists in a particular vicinity can be scheduled to meet on the same day.