In June I took over at the reins of the CAG’s 2010 auction catalogue. Previously, this task had fallen to Jill Henderson, the Gallery Coordinator. This year, a Young Canada Works grant provided an opportunity to hire someone new to oversee production of the catalogue full-time.
I jumped at the opportunity to do something similar to the consistently edifying, but unpaid, work I have done for the past four years on Pyramid Power, an experimental arts magazine. Since the moment I arrived, I have felt entirely at ease—thanks, doubtless, to the gracious welcome I received, not to mention the atmosphere of good-natured ribbing that prevails. I repaid this kindness by passing on a cold from my one-year-old, Francis.
Fresh from my first year at UBC’s Critical and Curatorial studies program, I have been trying to absorb as much as I can about the CAG’s inner workings. Whereas the program largely focuses on the theoretical side of curating, one of the field’s main allures for me has always been its practical aspects—what you might call the art of getting things done. This is, of course, the business that takes up much of the days here. Between, Christina, Allison, Jenifer, Jill, Abi and Phil, I feel privileged to have such an adept crew to observe and learn from.