Curator Profile: Jen Denzin

katoomba 008-2We asked Jen Denzin, the guest curator for the upcoming PODspace pop up exhibition, PODzome, what it’s like to be a curator.

  • What is the hardest thing about installing an exhibition? 

I would honestly have to say keeping on top of emails, phone calls and meeting deadlines while keeping the team updated.

  • What is the best thing about installing an exhibition? 

Having a strong concept and taking a big leap in terms of rallying a team of people to the call. I love seeing how artists respond to a concept/theme. It’s fascinating. I learn a lot from them. It is good to grow the idea/outline together.

  • What are 2 pieces of advice you would give to budding curators? 

1. Choose your artists carefully and trust them.

2. Get advice when and where you can. It makes it much easier to ask an expert in a particular field as opposed to trying to ‘reinvent the wheel’. Use the resources around you.

  • Any advice for artists who are hoping to exhibit their work soon? 

Wait!

It’s good to be out there and get exposure but I find it is also beneficial to wait and let ideas and experiments percolate.

  • What is the most interesting work you have seen? 

Japanese installation/performance artist Yayoi Kusama’s spotty oblivions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney several years ago. Hand-crocheted fluorescent billums in the Solomon Islands and fascinating observational drawings made by the 6 year olds I work with at Hamilton Public School.

  • What made you want to be a curator? 

Opportunities too good to pass up,

Working with people and an obsession with art.

 

All welcome to see the PODzome exhibition.

Venue: University of Newcastle Gallery

Exhibition opening: Friday 12 September 6-8pm

Exhibition dates: 10 – 27 September

Gallery hours: Wed – Fri 10 – 5, Sat 12 – 4. Other times by appointment.

Access: Both the gallery and toilets are wheelchair accessible. There is one disability parking spot outside the gallery.