Guest Blogger - Put Me On It
In Search of Buried Treasure
A lot of music bloggers lay claim to the title "curator", but I can't remember the last time I went to a gallery where the curator was shoving last weeks exhibition out of the back door before I had a chance to see it, whilst bustling past me to usher in ten random new paintings, half of them rubbish, still dripping wet and unframed.
The nice thing about having a blog is the freedom working for a gallery (or magazine) doesn't really afford. You can put up whatever you damn well please and there are no stakeholders to question you about it. Some of the public might not like it, but they're getting in for free so they can always go next door. You don't even have to pay for the space.
That's why it's so confusing to see so many music blogs being run like a cross between a grand prix (fast but tedious car race full of misplaced advertising), and a publicly owned gallery (this is the Tate, we have to have Rothkos even if we do find him a bit boring). As I write this it seems as though almost every gallery in town has a Tracey Emin exhibit on (AKA Tyler The Creator).
The job of a good curator is not to bombard their audience with an endless, overwhelming stream of the most recent art they can find, and expect them to try to pick out the really exceptional pieces or artists. Their job is to search for buried treasures, present them in the most accessible way possible, and try to leave their audience feeling inspired. Unless of course they love Formula 1 and Mark Rothko.