I was invited to help jury the 2007 Brookside Art Fair, which we carried out today. Think itâ€™s glamorous? Oh yeah: 11 hours of viewing images in a windowless room, working straight through with few breaks, everyone exhausted at the end, hungry, ready to go home. Despite this, we kept the humor and energy levels high, no one complained, everyone remained focused.
How do you jury submissions? Simple: stay open-minded, treat every submission (1400 in this case) with respect, and donâ€™t only jury on the basis of what you like. Sometimes disliking is important. So is intellectual assessment as opposed to intuitiveâ€“depending on the nature of the work.
Did I jury for this just as I would for a corporation or my gallery? No. This was for an art fair, and serves a different purpose. Either way, Iâ€™m sure it will be a successâ€“again.
Too late to go swim laps now, damnit. Well, weâ€™ll dream up something.