Mark Flood, art world, 1997 [image via]
Mark Flood remains of my favorite artists in Houston. I miss his paintings that used to hang on the living room walls especially the one of the silhouetted creature that looks like it emerged from a tar pit. Sadly, I have no representation of it and can't find one online so the above will have to suffice.
On Friday, Randy Kennedy of the New York Times interviewed him and his answers are in glorious Mark Flood fashion - full of sarcasm, wit and humor. One of my favorites:
Q. "When you worked as an assistant at the Menil Collection, you were close with the renowned curator Walter Hopps. How did an art-world job change your view of the art world?"
A. "It was wonderful for me to be around people who were so obsessed with art. They were very obsessed and very willful — willful rich people. It’s why I love this place. [He gestures at the gallery around him.] I hate parasitical art bureaucracies. I hate nonprofit organizations. I love willful rich people who are obsessed with art. The context always determines the meaning of a work of art."
I really wish I was going to NYC between now and 18 September when his Hateful Years exhibition is up at Luxembourg and Dayan. Meanwhile, if you ever read this post, Mark, and want to trade a painting no one wants to buy that you pulled from the far reaches of the borrowed studio, drop me a line.