NAME
Oscar Carlson.

SHOT AT
Casa Carlson.

WHAT YOU DO
I run a gallery called Issues and produce and curate exhibitions of contemporary art. I also write and podcast on the same subject.

WHAT DOES A GOOD WORK OF ART DO WITH YOU?
A good work of art appears immediately or long after I’ve experienced it, like medicine with time release. Good immediate stuff like a great painting makes me want more of the same thing and I’m never satisfied. Art with time release such as installation, video, plays or (good) performance makes me a better person, seriously, in the way that it helps one see nuance in life.

WHAT IS THE ONE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY NEEDED TO CURATE AN EXHIBITION?
The combination of a good, trained eye and a trust in one’s instinct and gut.

MUST ART REQUIRE AN EFFORT OF THE VIEWER TO BE APPRECIATED?
No, I believe art is subject to whatever the viewer brings to the artwork. There is a misconception that artworks have a task to teach or inform us of something. But it takes time (years!) to develop a sound personal relationship with art.

IN WHAT SENSE CAN BAD ART BE GOOD ART?
If you’re looking at, what you would think is bad art, it means that you have an idea of what you think is good art!

GREATEST ART EXPERIENCE EVER
Definitely seeing Pamela Andersson walk in at the opening of Pop Eye, Jeff Koons’ comeback show at Sonnabend in NYC 2003.

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