Art July 9, 2010 By Jennifer Pappas

filler118 The Hole: Kathy Grayson Interview

Kathy Grayson

Kathy Grayson

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On June 26, New Yorkers, art followers, and lovers of the purely weird finally got their answer to the question: What Happens After Deitch? Come what may, intentional gaps and accidents aplenty, the show goes on — at the Hole gallery on 104 Greene Street in SoHo. Run by Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman, both former directors of the newly defunct Deitch Projects, the Hole has valiantly stepped in to fill the fissures left behind by their iconic predecessor with experimental art shows, events, a book store and all-around mayhem. First up is the aptly named Not Quite Open for Business, a conceptual group show of unfinished work by twenty-plus artists including the likes of Barry McGee, Aurel Schmidt, Rosson Crow, Jules de Balincourt, and Terence Koh. Each artist almost gave it their all for the gallery installation, fearlessly designed by Taylor McKimens. Nearly-there poems, long-neglected art, broken symphonies and other half-realized ideas; how come no one thought of this sooner? PLANET spoke to Kathy Grayson about how it all (sort of) came together.

Can you tell me a little bit more about the show? The inspiration seems clear enough, but what pushed you to think of it as a viable idea?
The idea of showing unfinished work popped into my head first. But the fact that I knew Taylor McKimens could tackle a really blockbuster installation design sealed it. Just showing unfinished work wasn’t enough, the space had to be designed by an artist and the only person who could have done it was Taylor.

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