What did you do before you started installing art?
As a kid, I did the regular old mowing lawns thing and was a busboy/waiter. After college, I played in a few bands in Atlanta. I rolled burritos. I did some exterior landscape lighting. I worked with an electrical contractor for a while. I did a lot of general handy work. I worked with a florist on the side, in like a staging capacity for events. I also worked as a photo lab guy, before digital photography was really a thing, doing some black-and-white and color printing for mostly professional commercial photographers. And also a little event photography on the side. It's a rich tapestry of previous work.
Do you have a favorite art exhibition that you have ever seen?
Ever seen? Wow, I don't know. It's a long list, man. I mean, when I travel and stuff, I always go to some sort of exhibit. It would be difficult for me to pull a favorite. I appreciate work from so many different times and disciplines. I went repeatedly to Prado in Madrid to see Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, Goya's “Black Paintings,” and all the Velázquez. Also down the street from there is Reina Sofia, where Guernica is. I remember seeing Antoni Tàpies' paintings there for the first time. I also remember being blown away on my first visit to the Hirshhorn in, like, ninth grade, or the Whitney, Guggenheim, or MOMA. Seeing all of their permanent collections and stuff. The Gerhard Richter retrospective at the MOMA was super-impressive. I mean, those are just some examples, but there's probably something at almost every exhibition that I really like. I don't think I could ever pick a favorite.
What would be your favorite exhibition that we have put on here?
There have been a lot. The short list would include: Balance and Power; Tradition Redefined, which included Radcliff Bailey, an artist I went to school with, and Mildred Thompson, one of the professors at ACA when I was there; Shared Vision, which was a great joy for me to work on and was really impressive; I also really like the East/West: Visually Speaking, where I got to stretch some really big, impressive paintings that had been shipped from overseas. I mean, those are the ones that come to mind.
Do you have a favorite art installer experience that you could share with us?
Nothing specific, really. The fun thing about being an installer is all of the different experiences we get to have. I mean, maybe during the East/West show we had to stretch some paintings that had been laid out in Chinese customs. They appeared to have been stepped on, and we talked about it with the gallerist in China and got the go ahead to try and start cleaning them. That was pretty anxiety inducing, and a memorable experience for me.