What's the last show that you saw?
Lain York at Zeitgeist gallery. Lain's one of the remaining troubadours of the original Nashville art scene from back in the days of the Fugitive Art, alongside a few others including Patrick DeGuira.
What's the last show that surprised you? Why?
Whitney Biennial 2012 in NYC; in particular the Michael E. Smith work. He's a personal favorite. It surprised me — I thought the museum security guard was part of the work. He wouldn't let me past the rope. Later I learned the gallery was actually closing, and it wasn't really part of the work. Michael E. Smith's work can be sparse and confrontational like that though — I was surprised that it wasn't part of the work.
What's your favorite place to see art in Nashville?
Well, it was the Middle Tennessee Roofing building at night on 12South — until it was torn down to build McCondos. It had the unique 1981 vibe with wood paneling and analog calculators like a Mike Nelson installation. I'm not a fan of the cramped spaces in town otherwise. Too much flea-market work crammed into too little space. The new space at 100 Taylor looks promising, though.
Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?
Abandoned spaces and modern dance. Greek/Roman classicism.
Do you collect anything?
Candlesticks and a couple of Moondog records. I have a good collection of original Stan Brakhage books, including Metaphors on Vision and Brakhage Scrapbook ... probably the only existing one in town.
What's the weirdest thing you ever saw happen in a museum or gallery?
A romantic couple actually bought some work during an opening in Nashville. So sweet.
What's your art-world pet peeve?
Probably all the hipster posing that goes along with the "art crowd." Posturing.
Do you have a gallery/museum-going routine?
Anti-freeze in the trunk — just in case motor overheats. That's a good policy always, regardless of art.
What's the last great book you read?
Well, the best book i've read from an artist is Agnes Martin: Writings. It's rare, but worth the money.
What work of art do you wish you owned?
Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" — to be preserved and relocated into the Cumberland River.