So now you're a curator?
I have a hard time using the term "curator"—the process felt more personal than that. I just wanted to put together a show based on things that inspire me, in this case the artists who have influenced me. I suggested the idea to Julie and then the exhibit just kind of came together.
Tell us a little about how you picked the artists.
It's a group of artists that I have collected or am influenced by. Like Lisa Sanditz, who demonstrates the "silver lining" quality, and Wayne Thiebaud whose use of irony really speaks to you. And I am just awed by Julie Sherman. My "Candy Store" collection for Spa 2010 was influenced by the colors in her work.
What was the inspiration behind Summer Pictures? Is there a central theme?
I don't like themes, except in retrospect. If I could rename the show now I would call it "Silver Lining." The collection demonstrates a way of looking at things in a new light; colors, irony and happiness all in juxtaposition.
Did you have any great revelations along the way?
Well, there are great lessons to be learned about life from assembling a show. I learned a lot about the process of editing and setting a meaningful tone.
And finally, tell us how you're planning to spend your downtime the rest of this summer.
Cook way too much and eat way too much! I could never lose my lust for appetite. I actually never lose my passion for anything I do—it just builds and builds.
Gallery photos: Helen Klisser During; pie photo via Isaac Mizrahi's blog