In the art world, you'll often hear that the key to success is not what you know, but who you know. Well...
Last night, Laura and I spent the evening touring a few artists' studios at
One surprise was to stumble upon Michael Clark's studio. Laura and I have seen Michael's work before and we both like it a lot. It was nice to finally meet the artist and get some insight to his art directly from him.
Funny though... Michael, being a polite and gregarious guy, was quick to introduce himself. Laura and I reciprocated. He then asked, a little tongue in check, "So, should I know you? Are you guys movers and shakers around here?" Not being ones to toot our own horn, Laura and I simply said, "We used to be." (tongue in cheek back at 'cha)
In hindsight, it would have been easy to introduce ourselves as owners of Migration and artPark, but it seemed unnecessary. And, it probably would have changed the conversation. We were there to see the art.
My point: It's not always who you know. In the arts, I believe it's what you know; or, more specifically, it's about the quality of the art -- not the name game. And, Michael's art is terrific. That's all that matters to me.