Tonight is the opening of Stitch Fetish 4, my yearly curation of all things stitched and erotic, and it got me thinking about the process of curating. Now I can’t speak for anyone else, but if you’re interested, here’s how I do it.
First the idea. Sometimes you’ll have an idea for a show, all work about David Schwimmer or such, other times, the situation creates the idea. When I first started Stitch Fetish, I didn’t know what I wanted to do other than curate (I’d done one show), and was offered the space a the Hive in February. Between my work and Valentine’s day, erotica seemed obvious, so, Stitch Fetish.
Gathering the art. I both ask super talented folks that I know to be in my shows and put out a call for submissions. To be fair, I ask the invited artists to “submit” and pay the fee, but if Bascom Hogue or Sally Hewett submit, they’re getting in.
And, of course, every show I find fabulous new artists through the submissions process, like Amy Dame and Stephanie Pasa.
The install is exhausting but fun, and then, you get to have a fabulous party!!
Read calls carefully. Every time I curate a show I get work that has nothing to do with the call.
Be nice. Curators are human, they make mistakes, get overwhelmed, the easier you are do work with, the more they’ll want to work with you in the past.
Don’t take it personally if your work isn’t accepted. It may not work with the other pieces, it may not fit in the space, who knows. You are not your work; it’s not a personal rejection.
Don’t be afraid to submit to shows!! Get your work out there.
And curate! Create opportunities for yourself and others! It’s a lot of work, and the monetary return may not always be huge, but there’s so much to learn and gain from the experience.
If you are in LA, come by the Hive for the opening of Stitch Fetish 4 tonight or Thursday evening, 2/11, for Art Walk. If neither of those dates are good, the show is up through 2/27 and the gallery is open Wed-Sat, 1-6.