Friday, February 2, 2007

Big Red Wine



The decision that I was about to make called for a conversation over a glass of German Pinot with my friend Kelly. I've known Kelly for about 11 years now, meeting back in San Francisco. She is a remarkable woman who completed the graduate curatorial studies program at Bard. She is now the kick-ass director at George Adams Gallery just one block away.

We visited Trestle and parked ourselves squarely at the bar. The wine was poured and the conversation flowed. For the last few weeks I have been trying to figure how to integrate my program in a way that makes sense. I have primarily been known for my history in dealing with photography. I introduced works on paper and now sculpture as of late. I just wasn't sure if it all made sense to me, let alone to the people visiting. Should I just stick with photography? "But I love painting, drawing & sculpture!" Should I alternate back and fourth between photography and another medium? "But isn't this too confusing?" Well, over just ONE glass of wine, we came up with a solution. More later...

6 comments:

vicki said...

lemme guess..to go with your gut instincts of the work as there is a cohesive statement in the art you are showing regardless of the medium, that you individually have an acute vision of. that some of the best photography includes principles of painting and sculpture. like any great dealer, your pulse is on the art, not just the medium. am i close?

El said...

Seems to me the stuff you DO like is pretty 3D in 2D...capice?

Red wine muddies the waters, though, but it sure cures a lot of what can ail you.

Daniel Cooney said...

Ok, I really need the name of your personal photographer. Really.

FOLEY said...

Dan, I use several photographers really, but if I can, I give Yossi a call to accompany me at these outings.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a show..portrait of the gallery director as a blogger

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

I just came across yoru site and was looking at the images and it makes ABSOLUTE sense to me to have drawing and photography and whatever you fancy. People still have this idea that photograhy is somehow seperate to painting and drawings - isn't it all art? I notice it's all monochrome in color, which I LOVE. I especially like the works by Ricghard Martinez - they are - about Photography in a way. They are all works on paper...(except the sculpture). I think it is innovative, progrssive and that all the most of the work seems to have similar vision. I neevr heard of a painting gallery grapple if they should show drawing or not or sculpture or photo for that matter, so why should a photo gallery not show something else, too...to bring photography away from it's little historical bubble - into art history where it has always belonged.
all best,

Rebecca Hackemann (didn't have time to log in, hence anonymous)