Saturday, June 12, 2010

Joseph Carroll: Flow and Control Show — The Juror's Process and Aesthetic

Each year, the Encaustic Conference hosts a juried show. This year, the juror was Joseph Carroll. You can read more about him on the conference blog, here. My questions to Joseph are in bold, and his response follows.

What was your curatorial vision for this show, and how would you describe this jurying experience?

Jurying an exhibition differs from my usual task of curating. Curating an exhibition is a complex and involved process that basically begins with an idea or concept and then artists and artworks are selected that somehow relate to the idea. The pool of artists to choose from can be broad or limited, as timing, access and resources allow. In jurying an exhibition, the juror doesn’t select the artists in the pool, instead the selection is limited to those artists who applied. The juror’s task is to respond to the artist submissions.

Responding to the submissions for Flow and Control began with a general review of all images of work by each artist. There was some amazing work submitted for the exhibition. A first thought was to choose the work that was of the highest merit and let that be the exhibition, like a traditional art show or competition. That seemed an easy response but one that didn’t reflect on my aesthetic interests. Presuming that the invitation to jury was for a reason, for my particular sensibility, I opted to select work based in part on merit but also on personal appeal and on how the works relate to each other visually. The resulting exhibition, I hope, has an underlining Pop Art sensibility, balanced with influences of minimalism and folk art and, I also hope, one that stretches the possibilities of what it means to work in encaustic.

Thank you, Joseph, for participating in this interview and jurying the show.

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